Rose Bowl Coaches Don’t Like Playoff

<i> United Press International</i>

Coaches Bo Schembechler of Michigan and Larry Smith of USC agreed today that a playoff to determine college football’s champion would harm student athletes.

“It’s not a time for a national championship playoff because it’s too expensive and (because of) the time spent by the kids,” Schembechler said at a Rose Bowl news conference. “Your college presidents are not going to put up with that. It’s not going to happen, and it’s not in the best interest of the student athletes.”

Smith echoed Schembechler’s sentiments.

“I’m very much opposed to playoffs,” Smith said. “The only purpose it would serve would be to satisfy the people out there, namely the media, who (want) a No. 1 team. I think you take the principals involved--the coaches, players, administration of the universities and the bowl people--I don’t think even want a playoff. We’re all satisfied with what we have.”