If you’ve read my work over time, chances are pretty good you know I’m not a huge fan of college football’s conference commissioners. Like, at all. Like, I’m pretty sure they’re the bane of our existence of humans and the lowest rung our society’s totem pole. The way I feel about college football commissioners is the way that George Bailey feels about himself in It’s a Wonderful Life; essentially the world would be a better place without them. And in this case, there is no angel to save Mike Slive, Jim Delany and Co.
Since I really started covering college football back in 2009 (the following summer is when the current realignment craze really got going in full-swing), the commissioners who run the sport have proven to be vindictive, self-serving and egotistical. They’ve stabbed each other in the back of pursuit of more teams for their conferences and more money for their Bank of America accounts, and in the process taken away so much of what we love about college sports. Texas and Texas A&M may never play in football again, and it’s the same with Syracuse-UConn and Kansas-Missouri in basketball, thanks to conference commissioners. I’m not saying they’re entirely to blame (they do need co-conspirators in the presidents and AD’s of these schools after all), but the commissioners are the ones who are driving the bus, the ones moving the biggest chess pieces.
Frankly, I still don’t like them. Doubt I ever will. But at the same time I do have to admit one thing: With the announcement Wednesday night that they (along with Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick) have agreed in principle to a four-team college football playoff beginning in the 2014 season, I can’t do anything other than to say, “Bravo, men. You did well for yourselves.” For once, the conference commissioners got things right.