CIF (and BCS/NCAA) should listen to Barry Alvarez … it’s time to seek the MEDIA’S help …

I found this tidbit from former Wisconsin football coach Barry Alvarez to be very interesting. In discussing the new possibilities of a college football playoff, Alvarez had this to say …

Barry Alvarez has joined the general-ish consensus among Big Ten athletic directors who want to see a four-team playoff field comprised of the Top 3 conference champions and best at-large team. He also reiterated his respect for Kirk Herbstreit, saying he would like teams to be selected by a savvy panel of media experts. Andy Staples applied the model to the last 14 years of college football, and the results were refreshingly non-catastrophic.

After reading this and thinking about it, I want to reiterate something I’ve said in the past about CIF. I think it’s time for the organization to start considering media opinion as it pertains to new division and league groupings, AND playoff seeding/brackets.

Please don’t take this as me saying that I think CIF is doing a bad job. I’m not saying that at all. I’m simply saying that things could be better and that CIF cannot effectively know the pulse better than the writers. Not even coaches. I know coaches think they do, and while they’re very knowledgeable, many of them are justifiably in enveloped in their own programs (as they should be). The media is more spread and less biased.

Whereas CIF relies purely on the numbers to support its actions, the media could offer a perspective that goes beyond that. A “word on the street” type of thing. The general mood. The overall vibe. I know that may seem vague, but believe me those things encompass a lot.

As it pertains to the Mid-Valley Division, I’m pretty certain the local media would have advised CIF to “leave it alone”. And I’m pretty certain that’s what everyone in these parts would have wanted.

As it pertains to the Southeast Division, I’m pretty sure we would have agreed with how CIF played it, or offered a similar tweak.

But as it pertains to leagues, I’m very certain we could league this area in a way that would make fans and coaches quite happy. And when fans are happy, the bottom line $$$ is much, much better.

Imagine Orange County. It’s a safe bet that Steve Fryer and the boys at the OC Register could handle their realm. Eric Sondheimer could clock the SFV. And so on …

If Alvarez thinks something like a media panel is good for something a college football playoff, then why not have the same thing in prep football?

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  • NoWayKimosabee

    You’re high if you think any coach wants you holding that kind of power.

  • AyalaBulldogFan

    There DEFINITELY needs to be changes in the selection process but no way in hell would I leave it up to a bunch or writers. Sorry Aram, I’ve seen you grind your axe and you’re no different than any other writer. You guys are like salt in food. You add flavor. We don’t need flavor in league/division groupings.

    I do believe there should be a panel. Who is on that panel? Maybe retired AD’s with no ties to schools anymore? I’ll think on it a bit though.

  • 238

    Who would cover the Northern area between the SGV and the 15 Freeway. I am not sure there is a newspaper/media member that consistantly covers that area.

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