1. Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman continues to give his school a reputation as a stick in the mud, or stuck in the past mud. I think Perlman, who continues to be against a four-team playoff and for a plus-one format, is speaking mostly for himself. I’m sure there are other presidents who want to put the brakes on this format. But I expect the presidents to pass the four-team playoff on Tuesday after Perlman gets heard. They’ll likely make the contract lengthy, at least 10 years, so a playoff can’t multiply overnight. Maybe 12 years. Also, the presidents will make sure the bowls, at least four to six, are part of a playoff-hosting rotation. That will be the compromise. The presidents obviously know college football is about money. They’re the ones approving the $4-5 million salaries. But the playoff is their last stand for control over the game. This is more about image. They’ll give in, but they’ll do it their way.
2. Despite Perlman’s objections, and those you even hear from Bo Pelini (an old-school bowl guy), the four-team playoff is good for Nebraska football. It doubles the chances of access to a national championship. NU football needs all the access it can get right now. However, I wouldn’t want a 16-team playoff. That’s where Nebraska is ranked right now, around No. 17, and the Huskers aren’t worthy of playing for a national title now. I would put the cap on eight teams.
3. I had a great interview/talk with Mike Kelley, the Omaha attorney who owns Zesto and the new “Blatt” building across from TD Ameritrade Park. He wants to raise the rooftop bar another level, so you can see into the game. That building is cool. Hats, beer and ice cream. What a concept. Will it spur others on to build down there? That’s my column for tomorrow.
4. Got a voice mail from a nice, older lady who is mad as hell at the NCAA and isn’t going to take it anymore. The 8 p.m. starts mean she can’t watch the game. So is the NCAA losing younger and older fans, too? Or is ESPN just growing more soccer fans?