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Ever wonder why Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State have a stranglehold on college football?

The College Football Playoff (CFP) was supposed to be a long-awaited panacea for a dazed and confused sport, and yet one (if not two) of these three schools has always played in the college football championship game and won (e.g., Monday night Alabama vs. Ohio State).

The exception was LSU beating one of the blessed three, Clemson, for the title last season.

The dominance of the anointed trio also impacts the 2021 recruiting pipeline. For example, Alabama is number one, Ohio State is second and Clemson is fourth. Alabama has won the CFP National Championship twice, Clemson twice and Ohio State once.

It’s a vicious cycle that roars on as all three play for the CFP title, and one wins. The success and saturation exposure for these three schools (hello ‘homers’ at ESPN) leads to dominance in recruiting, being selected to the playoff, and then one wins — rinse and repeat.

Officially there are 130 schools hailing from 10 conferences from the Atlantic to the Pacific (okay, not the Pacific) and theoretically they all have a chance to compete. In reality, there are three conferences (e.g., Big 10, ACC and SEC) and just three canonized schools.

Just as the New York Yankees ruined the competitive spirit of the American League for literally decades, the ESPN extolled Blessed Trinity is stymying college football.

If Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State were publicly traded technology companies, the Department of Justice (DOJ) would be calling for each of them to be broken up on anti-trust grounds.

Almost DailyBrett believes one of the reasons for this sorry college football state of affairs is the incredible power of ESPN and its related arrogance. Heck, network anchors are even awarding the Heisman Trophy (e.g., DeVonta Smith of … Alabama) and conference championship trophies.

The main ESPN anchors for college football are Rece Davis (Alabama), Kirk Herbstreit (Ohio State), Joey Galloway (Ohio State). David Pollack (Georgia) and Jesse Palmer (Florida). Let’s see three hail from the SEC and two from Ohio State.

Guess who is the impartial color analyst for Monday’s championship between Ohio State and Alabama, Herbstreit from Ohio State. Go Buckeyes! Right, Kirk?

Expand The Playoff To Eight?

After campaigning for decades to break-up the bowl tie-ins (e.g., Pac-12 vs. Big 10 in the Rose Bowl), the Bowl Championship Series championship (BCS) game was devised. Next up was today’s College Football Playoff (CFB). The unintended consequence was less competition, not more. The same three teams are winning year in, year out.

Some now believe that expanding the College Football Playoff to eight teams or maybe 12 teams, 16 teams … heck, 68 teams will solve the problem. Being somewhat reasonable, an eight-team playoff is more likely, comprised of the aforementioned Holy Trinity and maybe even more teams from the SEC (i.e., LSU and Georgia) and possibly one from the Big 12 (e.g., Oklahoma).

Should Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State be permanently awarded first-week “byes,” providing Herbsteit and Galloway even more time to wax poetically about the Fighting Chestnuts?

Jan 1, 2020; Pasadena, California, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (10) runs against Wisconsin Badgers cornerback Rachad Wildgoose (5) in the fourth quarter during the 106th Rose Bowl game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Almost DailyBrett will make the call: After seven years we know in both practice and theory: The unholy ESPN/College Football Playoff (CFP) does not and will not work. All the Dr. Pepper in the world will not change this empirically proven fact.

Your author believes it’s head “Back to the Future” and let the Rose Bowl be the Rose Bowl … in Pasadena. The winner of the Pac-12 (e.g., Oregon) will play the champion of the Big 10 (e.g., Ohio State).

The leader of the ACC (e.g., Clemson) will head to the Orange Bowl.

SEC hegemon Alabama will spend New Year’s night at the Sugar Bowl and Oklahoma will represent the Big 12 in the Fiesta Bowl.

The “New Year’s Six” will have meaning again.

If we don’t have Alabama playing Clemson or Ohio State yet again, are we better off as a society? Almost DailyBrett says ‘Let’s go Back to the Future of big teams, big conferences and big bowls.’




“They weren’t good enough to play in the NBA … and they don’t have the opportunity to go back to college and get a degree. I think whoever’s responsible for taking these kids out of college is the dumbest operation I think we have in sports.” – Former College Coach Bobby Knight

Can anyone graduate from a legitimate university with a bachelor’s degree in one year, much less earn a master’s degree or Ph.D?

More to the point, what is the value of going to college and being part of a university campus, if you only attend for a semester-and-one-half or two quarters?

All the attention is devoted to keeping the athlete “eligible,” not to advance toward a life-enhancing degree.

That’s only one of the reasons why the basketball one-(part of an academic year)-and-done (off to the NBA … hopefully) rule should be scrapped.

Another pertains to a wretched witches’ boiling cauldron of shoe contracts, NCAA titles, NBA draft, greedy agents/publicity merchants and money, money and even more money.

Some go to college to earn an MBA. Others attend to secure the MRS along with a bachelor/bachelor’s degree.

There a few who complete three years of college for the NFL degree (and maybe attain an academic degree in that time as well).

And then there are those who stay eligible long enough (winter and March Madness) to pursue an seven-or-eight figure NBA contract. Forget about an academic degree with the one-and-dones.

The One-and-Done rule ostensibly is to provide one year of college experience for a future Magic, Michael, Kareem, Kobe, LeBron. The fear is too many come out of high school, thinking they will be one of the super talented 60 studs, who will be selected in the NBA’s two-round draft. Most don’t make it … and once they hire an agent they can’t play in college.

The agreed-upon solution was the future NBA star spend a portion of one year on campus in the hopes that a Final Four appearance/championship will follow … then off to the pros for NBA riches/shoe contracts with nice cuts for parasitic agents and assorted hangers-on.

The shameful side effects of the one-and-done-scheme were manifested this week with FBI indictments and more specifically the door being shown to pretty boy Coach Rick Pitino of Louisville University.

Surprise “Commitment” of Stud Brian Bowen

Louisville reportedly was NOT on the radar screen of five-star, small-forward recruit Brian Bowen … until he surprisedly committed to Coach Rick Pitino.

The U.S. Attorney this week, announced the results of an extensive FBI investigation, which included mass corruption, bribery and wire fraud.

As far as Almost DailyBrett can surmise the fraud scheme included contacting Louisville’s shoe sponsor, Adidas AG, to secure $100,000 to pay Bowen’s family. Bowen in-turn promised to sign with Adidas and certain agents upon entering the NBA, presumably after one year. Bowen then committed to Louisville. The school provided a basketball scholarship to Bowen. Adidas continues to sponsor Louisville.

Considering that one player can transform a team faster with more immediate impact in basketball than any other sport (e.g. within one year … and done), and make untold millions of dollars in the offing … Is it any wonder that NBA/NCAA basketball is ripe for corruption and fraud?

Pitino was fired this week by Louisville. The program was already on NCAA probation. Is the “death penalty” against Louisville next up on the docket? Let’s not forget that assistant coaches at Arizona, Auburn and USC were also arrested based upon the FBI probe.

“Student Athlete”

The folks in Indy, including NCAA head Mark Emmert, are fond of talking about the welfare of “student athletes.” Does that include potential NBA Hall-of-Famers, who have virtually zero chance of earning a degree in less than one year on campus?  They are hoping against hope they are one of the only 60 players picked in the NBA draft?

But what happens, if they are left out in the cold? Most likely, no college degree.

We all know the universities – particularly the Big Five Conferences – are the farm systems for both the NFL and NBA. The key difference is that football players stay on campus at least until the completion of their junior year academically. Conceivably, a player is on the way to a degree or actually earns his bachelor’s degree after three years (e.g., Deshaun Watson of Clemson, Royce Freeman of Oregon).

Can a basketball god earn a degree in two quarters or within two semesters?  Forget it. These are athlete-“students,” not student-athletes.

Can the one-and-dones win a championship for the likes of John Calipari at Kentucky? That theory has already been proved.

Can any of these student-athletes make any discernible progress toward an academic degree? What do you think?

What did Robert Montgomery Knight say about the “dumbest operation” in sports?








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