Some college football coaches have long advocated a national collegiate championship each fall and Earle Edwards of North Carolina State was one of the originators of the idea. Now he has become president of the American Football Coaches Association. He has not dropped the plan but has given it a new twist.
Why not, he asks, have something like Notre Dame vs. Nebraska on national television on the first Saturday of each May?
"It would be fine for football, coming in on a slack period of the sports schedule," he says, disposing casually of the Kentucky Derby, NBA playoffs, Stanley Cup and major league baseball, not to mention assorted golf tournaments and track meets. "You would take two teams that wound up the previous season with strong support for the national championship," Edwards continues. " Penn State and Texas a year ago, Nebraska and Notre Dame this past year. You'd play the game at the end of spring practice on one of the campuses. Graduating seniors would not be eligible, freshmen would."
In other words, you would start a whole new season. As for the reason, it's money.
"The competing teams would share the money with the coaches association," Edwards explained.