In a recent article on espn.com, Joe Paterno spoke out in favor of a college football playoff system, calling the excuses used to defend the BCS "bogus." He's always been in favor of a playoff (can you blame the man? name one other coach who has been screwed over by the polls more than joe), but we can only hope that a man of his stature speaking out against the current regime of college football will inspire others to listen and actually use their brains and support a playoff. Here's what Joe said:
"To be frank with you, I don't know what the reasons are not to have a playoff," Paterno said during a speaking appearance in Pittsburgh. "You can talk about missing class and all that kind of stuff, [yet] you see basketball go on forever. You have a lot of bogus excuses, but obviously the majority of people who have the say don't want it."
Unfortunately, Paterno is now in the unenviable position of having his legs cut out form underneath him with the controversy surrounding his contract extension. I fear that these statements might be viewed by the majority of college football fans as simply the ramblings of a desperate old man who most likely is going to be strong-armed out of his job after next season.
One bit of knowledge in the article that I actually did not know was that Joe has refused to vote in the coach's poll since 2004 because he wanted to award the number 1 ranking to Auburn instead of USC, and the BCS forces the coaches to make the winner of the BCS championship game the automatic number 1. Where was I when this news came out?