Wow, what a Thursday.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys said hello to their new quarterback (congratulations, Weston Lunt) and good-bye to their best quarterback (you da man, Browndon Weeden).
Kobe Bryant paid a sort of penance for the misdeeds of teammate Metta World Chaos, handing the NBA scoring title to Kevin Durant. Thanks, Kobe. The Lakers owed the Thunder a good turn or two dozen.
But when the history of sport is written, the biggest news from April 26, 2012, in Oklahoma or out, will lie elsewhere.
An expanded college football playoff is coming. A four-team bracket is assured. Not exactly a Final Four or a First Four, since it's the only four. Call it the Fab Four.
Oh, the conference commissioners who adjourned Thursday after two days of discussion about the BCS – that's right, BCS – didn't declare a new format. Didn't actually even commit to a new format.
But the commissioners did discard any eight- or 16-team playoff, and there's no going back now. No way could college football powerbrokers retain the status quo. The public outrage would be too great. Gallows would be built.
A four-teamer it is, and all that's left are details. When and where to play; how to select the teams.
Any new system would not go in effect until the 2014 season. That comes too late to help Weeden, the Ancient of Plays who led OSU to the Big 12 title.
Weeden's Cowboys came out on the wrong end of the latest BCS logjam; Alabama was chosen to join LSU in the two-team playoff. Weeden instead shined in the consolation prize, outdueling Stanford's Andrew Luck – who also made news Thursday – in a memorable Fiesta Bowl.
But maybe an expanded playoff won't be too late for Lunt, 10 years to the month Weeden's junior but the man selected Thursday to replace Weeden as OSU's quarterback. Lunt's high school graduation still is a month away, but after three months on campus, he now he holds the OSU football reins.
Nothing says the Cowboys will ever be back in the lofty status they enjoyed in 2011. Nothing also prevents the Cowboys from returning. Mike Gundy's announcement is a startling endorsement of an 181/2-year-old, but if Lunt is what State coaches obviously think he is, OSU football will ride high again and soon.
Look at it this way. The expanded playoff doubles the opportunity in this caste-system sport. This is like when college basketball went from a 32-team bracket to a 64-team bracket over the course of seven years.
A school like OSU, which has had to scratch and claw its way to elite status, always would have trouble outpoliticking a blueblood for one of two spots. One of four? Much easier.
And even the bluebloods can't quibble, since they get left out from time to time. Southern Cal 2003, Auburn 2004, Michigan 2006, OU 2007, Texas 2008. All would have made a Fab Four had such a playoff existed.
All that's left is to figure out how to incorporate the bowls into the Fab Four, and how to pick the squads. BCS formula or committee? Semifinals only in bowls, or semis and championship game?
My vote: bowls as semifinals, with a title game at a non-bowl site. Like Arlington. Jerry Jones, pull yourself away from draft deals and make a play to host the game every year. Two of the major bowls are in SEC country; two others are in Pac-12 territory. Seems only fair for the Big 12 to get a piece of the action.
And of course, my age-old mantra: allow only conference champs in the Fab Four. That would protect the regular season like nothing else, and that seems to be the commissioners' primary aim. They even said so in a statement:
“Having carefully reviewed calendars and schedules, we believe that either an eight-team or a 16-team playoff would diminish the regular season and harm the bowls. College football's regular season is too important to diminish, and we do not believe it's in the best interest of student-athletes, fans, or alumni to harm the regular season.”
No duh. College football has the chance to follow the NFL and produce both a fantastic postseason and regular season. The college game has a long way to go on both goals, but it took a major step in that direction on a big Thursday.
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