This not a news flash, but rather a sleepy-day, off-season shot of daily affirmation.
Narrowly passing for "news" on Wednesday was reiteration that college football's regular season is superior to basketball's and at least two leaders prefer not to screw up football.
They also came out strongly in favor of chocolate ice cream over asparagus.
“I think we’re all lamenting regular-season college basketball not being more popular right now, at a time when
Rice, the former secretary of State, agreed that college football's playoff should not be expanded beyond four.
"I agree that if it got much larger, I don't think you would have that momentum coming out of the regular season," Rice said.
Scott and Rice offered their opinions while speaking at the Stanford Graduate School of Business Sports Innovation Conference.
College football just completed its first year of the four-team playoff.
The new system, other than a few bobbles, made a successful debut.
It was hard to argue against the four schools -- Alabama,
Fans of No. 5 Texas Christian and No. 6 Baylor would argue they got left out of the mix, but the committee's justification for jumping Ohio State over those schools was validated when the Buckeyes won the first College Football Playoff national title.
The playoff proved immediately superior to the old
Under the old system, used for 16 seasons, Alabama and Florida State would have played for last year's national title.
Those would have been the wrong two teams, given the outcome of two semifinal games, in which Ohio State soundly defeated Alabama in the
The success of the first season eased the immediate pressure to expand the playoff beyond four teams.
College basketball, for now, is serving as the cautionary tale for how postseason expansion can dilute interest in the regular season.
Call us when they hold an innovation conference on how to fix that sport.