Craig Thompson spent years brokering playoff expansion in secret

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Craig Thompson spent years brokering playoff expansion in secret

Post by QuackAttackAggie » June 16th, 2021, 2:58 pm

https://www.si.com/college/2021/06/16/c ... -teams-why

Also, hats off to the SEC commissioner for seeing his position of four teams was unpopular and caving.


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Re: Craig Thompson spent years brokering playoff expansion in secret

Post by Naked Bull Rider » June 16th, 2021, 3:49 pm

Good for Thompson. As much crap as he gets (much of it well-deserved), I'm impressed with him for being productive and influential with this movement.

I didn't read any mention about Aresco or his efforts to champion this idea. Ironic considering his conference would likely benefit more frequently than the Mountain West if the proposed format comes to fruition. I wonder how much he was doing behind the scenes or if he's been too busy reviewing and approving more ridiculous 'P6' propaganda.



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Re: Craig Thompson spent years brokering playoff expansion in secret

Post by NowhereLandAggie » June 16th, 2021, 9:08 pm

Gotta hand it to him on a few key situations. When SDSU and BSU left, he worked on an invite for USU. Biggest long term success for athletics in decades. Though the Boise contract to get them back was flawed, he did manage to put the conference back together.

Working on this and getting it through was also huge. For over a century college presidents have been so against playoffs, it is nothing short of a minor miracle. I would take him any day over a lot of other commissioners.



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Re: Craig Thompson spent years brokering playoff expansion in secret

Post by 3rdGenAggie » June 16th, 2021, 11:32 pm

I certainly wouldn't consider myself a fan of Hair Thompson, but conference commissioner seems to be one of those jobs where nobody is ever really happy with you.


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Re: Craig Thompson spent years brokering playoff expansion in secret

Post by Mr. Sneelock » June 17th, 2021, 1:56 pm

Hair Thompson saved his conference from near certain death when the WAC made its power play.

He deserves some of the criticism he gets, but he also does a lot of good for his conference.


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Re: Craig Thompson spent years brokering playoff expansion in secret

Post by Winkie » June 17th, 2021, 8:05 pm

From reading the article in SI, it seems Thompson's greatest accomplishment was .... KEEPING HIS MOUTH SHUT!!
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Re: Craig Thompson spent years brokering playoff expansion in secret

Post by Aggie19 » June 19th, 2021, 3:02 pm

Hmm, wonder why the pac 12 is so nervous? 😁

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Re: Craig Thompson spent years brokering playoff expansion in secret

Post by NowhereLandAggie » June 20th, 2021, 8:17 am

Aggie19 wrote:
June 19th, 2021, 3:02 pm
Hmm, wonder why the pac 12 is so nervous? 😁

https://www.espn.com/college-football/s ... -direction
We could have Larry Scott as commissioner...

That would be a major step down from Thompson. Commissioners can only promote and work on behalf of the schools they have, and Scott had a lot more tools in the box than Thompson. Yet no P5 league has underachieved or fallen as far behind as the PAC-12 in the last decade. Bad business decisions, poor management, and terrible marketing have contributed. No wonder he wants an auto-bid, some years the PAC-12 may not get into it without it.

I hope they just keep the 6 highest rated Champs, and 6 at large.



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Re: Craig Thompson spent years brokering playoff expansion in secret

Post by Aggie formerly in Hawaii » June 20th, 2021, 9:59 am

Mr. Sneelock wrote:
June 17th, 2021, 1:56 pm
Hair Thompson saved his conference from near certain death when the WAC made its power play.

He deserves some of the criticism he gets, but he also does a lot of good for his conference.
Not to mention helped our program a great deal. If we weren't in the MW, we'd be in serious trouble.



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Re: Craig Thompson spent years brokering playoff expansion in secret

Post by OrangeCountyAggie » June 21st, 2021, 1:25 am

Also, this new system is bad for byu. A good day in my book.



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