Q&A: BCS executive director Bill Hancock

Hobart native talks about Mark Cuban's plan to fund a college football playoff, more
By Ryan Aber, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Modified: December 17, 2010 at 7:23 pm •  Published: December 17, 2010
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It's been a little more than a year since Hobart native Bill Hancock became the first executive director of the Bowl Championship Series. Since taking over after serving as a BCS administrator, Hancock is the most public defender of the system that determines college football's national champion. Hancock returned to Oklahoma on Friday for the All-College Basketball Classic banquet. Hancock spoke with The Oklahoman's Ryan Aber about the state of the BCS, defending the organization and if a playoff will happen.

What was your reaction to Mark Cuban's plan to fund a college football playoff?

It's an honor for college football that a businessman of Mark Cuban's stature would be interested, but the fact is I don't believe there's any amount of financial inducement that would make the commissioners and presidents change their minds about the system. They know this system is what is best for athletes. Mark Cuban is from an NBA world, where it's all business. In our world, somebody has to look after the athletes. The multi-bowl experience is so cool for the athletes. The concepts of trashing that and putting in a playoff, which would be a series of one-day business trips, is just not appealing to those of us with responsibilities to the athletes.

What is the most legitimate criticism of the BCS?

Oh boy, I've heard them all. That's hard. I really can't think of anything. I certainly understand every one of them. I understand why people think the way they do. I understand why people want a bracket. The March Madness bracket was my life for 16 years, so I certainly get that. What's good for football is good for football and what's good for basketball is good for basketball. Nobody likes to be disagreed with, and I certainly get disagreed with a lot. I believe so strongly in what we're doing that it's not hard to defend this system.

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