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DP: But we can keep the bowls. Why not have a Final Four where three of the bowls determine the national champion?
BH: You know, I hear you, Dan, but the fact is, the bowl experience would not be the same. Great example: We were in Miami getting ready for [the Orange Bowl], and a Virginia Tech player injured his ankle riding a Jet Ski. [Another time in Miami], an NFL team came in for a playoff game. They arrived on Saturday night, had their dinner, got up the next morning, played and went home. We've got college students at the beach for a week riding Jet Skis in our bowl system; on the other hand, you've got these NFL players there for 11 hours, playing the game and going home. Our experience is a lifetime experience, and it's much better.
DP: If you had a playoff over the Christmas holidays, you could preserve the smaller bowls and make some of the other bowls more meaningful. And you'd own the month of December. Why not do that?
BH: The problem with a playoff is who, what, when, where. Who plays, what's the format, when do you play it, and where do you play? It's so much fun, and I love these conversations....
DP: But, Bill, there's so much time between the end of the regular season and the bowls. I've talked to many big-name coaches who want a playoff. And 72% of my audience said they want one. How can you not factor that into the equation?
BH: When I talk to folks about a playoff, I ask, "How do we fit it in around the final [exams] schedule?" And I haven't come up with an answer. Hypothetical playoffs are great on paper, but in reality, when you drill down into the details, they're very difficult.
DP: When's the last time a vote was taken on a playoff?
BH: Two years ago the SEC and the ACC proposed a four-team playoff, which is what you're talking about. And then last November the commissioners talked about all options and decided to go forward with what we have, because their constituents on campus wanted it.
DP: Let's say Cincinnati goes undefeated. What do you say to the Bearcats when they don't get to play for the national championship?
BH: I was the director of the Final Four for 13 years, and I would say to Cincinnati the same thing I always said to coaches who were left out of the tournament or got a bad seed: "You guys had a great season, and you're to be congratulated for it."