As an LDS missionary in El Paso, Texas, for several months between 2001-2003, I learned how marvelous the residents of Texas are with their integrity and compassion for those less fortunate than themselves.
Among these illustrious souls is University of Texas at Austin athletics director DeLoss Dodds. Not only is his name a magnificent display of alliteration, he has fought the good fight for a college football playoff for years.
Notwithstanding Texas' success on the gridiron, including a 2005 "national championship," and its excellence in all sports (12 national titles and 82 conference championships in his tenure), Dodds still feels the need to give non-BCS foes a fair shot, as he even goes on the road regularly against such opponents (such as earlier in 2008, when the Longhorns went out to El Paso to play the Miners of UTEP).
Usually, this is unheard of for teams from so-called "power conferences," with the exception of the Pac-10 (then again, this season the Pac-10 is not a "power conference"), but not for the Longhorns.
Thus, much praise should go to Mr. Dodds, who in the vein of Texans of the past, such as Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, and Davy Crockett, is an excellent pillar of integrity.
Thankfully, there have been other stalwarts contending for a playoff, such as Auburn president Jay Gogue and Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, while new proselytes such as University of Georgia president Michael F. Adams join the cause all the time.
I am a man of faith, and I believe a playoff will come sooner rather than later for numerous reasons.
Nevertheless, on this momentous occasion, let us all remember the selflessness of DeLoss Dodds, who has long wanted what's best for everyone, something that many of his powerful brethren should learn and apply.