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College Bowl Games...Where Everybody Wins
"I don't want to sniff a playoff. The bowl system is the best thing that college football has going for it. There's a reason why college football's popularity has never been bigger." -- Matt Hayes, Sporting News, May 5, 2009
The "College Bowl Game Experience"
"For 100-plus years, it's been engrained in college football fans that every week matters, and that teams are judged on their season-long performance. The single most common argument college playoff advocates make is that: 'Every other sport does it.' What they never bother to consider is that perhaps there's a reason college football is different than those other sports." -- Stewart Mandel, Sports Illustrated, January 22, 2009
"I can assure you there is no support among the college presidents in this country for a BCS playoff system. Furthermore, if anything there is a move back to (further embracing) the bowl system." -- Gordon Gee, President, Ohio State University
The Fans Win...
"There is no regular season that delivers like college football. In movie parlance, it's an unpredictable two-hour thrill ride." -- Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune, Dec. 1, 2007
The Regular Season Wins...
"In basketball there is far less interest in the regular season than there is in the tournament. Everyone gets March Madness for the tournament. You don't want everyone to get January madness for football and forget about everything else that's happening in the regular season." -- Bob Stoops, Oklahoma Head Coach
"In Division I-A football, every game is a playoff. Once you lose one game, you're mostly out. If you lose two, you're definitely out. We got 12 playoff games. Teams take that approach. That's probably why there's so much interest. You stub your toe, you can never get back in." -- Rich Rodriguez, Michigan Head Coach
"The Sheraton Birmingham, as a host hotel, is proud of the economic benefits our property received during the 2009 Papajohns.com bowl. This is a huge boom for the entire BJCC complex during a time where we traditionally have been slow due to the holidays." -- Mark Noyes, GM, Sheraton Birmingham
"The economic impact is actually quite positive. We've been doing studies with the Holiday Bowl for several years now and consistently we've been able to demonstrate through direct intercept surveys, from game attendees that they're coming from out of town and they're leaving their dollars in San Diego." -- Carl Winston, Director, Center for Hospitality and Tourism Research, San Diego State University
"Everybody needs to relax a little bit and understand the players are here to get an education. Let's make the conference championships a big deal and make the bowl games a reward. I hope that we never do see a playoff." -- Bobby Petrino, Arkansas Head Coach
"I believe in the experience… If you think the playoff system is going to be fun for the kids, except for the team that wins the final game, we'd be kidding ourselves." -- Gary Patterson, TCU Head Coach