COLUMBUS - The powers-that-be in college football were meeting in south Florida on Wednesday afternoon, debating the future of the sport's postseason. While they were doing that, Georgia head coach Mark Richt was preparing for an appearance before fans, oblivious to the playoff decision-making.
"What are you hearing?" Richt asked.
The main contention, Richt was apprised, was whether the four teams would be conference champions or the top four in the BCS. When I asked RIcht what he felt would be most fair, he just said "Wow" and thought for several seconds.
"If there were only four conferences, then that might be the fairest way," Richt said. "But there are more than four conferences. You know, is the goal to get the conference champions to play, or is the goal to get who people perceive to be the best four teams in the country to play? I guess that's your question. That would be the question you'd have to (answer) to really get that question.
"Either way, everybody's gonna be bent out of shape," Richt said, laughing. "The way it is now, people will be bent out of shape if it's just four."
Richt has never been very opinionated on whether there should be a playoff or not.
"Just tell me what the rules are. Tell me what the deal is and we'll play by it," he said. "I don't know what is the right answer. But I would not want to change college football much. College football is a great sport. It's an unbelievable regular season. Probably more exciting than any regular season in any sport. So we want to be careful to make sure we know what we're looking for."
On another note, and one of more immediate importance to Georgia, is the proposal by South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier: Division champions would be crowned based on division record, not overall record.
Richt doubts it would have a chance of being passed.
"There's more than one way to do things. But I doubt very seriously that would change," Richt said. "It could. And so some years you'll think it's a great idea and some years you won't think it's a great idea, I guess. But I doubt that would change."
Later, during a question-and-answer before Bulldog fans, Richt said he'd be fine with whatever the SEC decided, but again doubted Spurrier's proposal would pass.
"I think you can read between the lines as to why he's saying it," Richt said of Spurrier.
The genesis of Spurrier's proposal is Georgia's schedule: Last year Georgia didn't have to play any of the three strong teams from the SEC West (Alabama, LSU and Arkansas) and the Bulldogs won't have to in 2012 either.
Richt was asked if the carping at Georgia's schedule ever bothered him.
"No, it doesn't bother me one bit. It doesn't bother me one bit," he said. "Again, we get a schedule given to us and then our job is to find out who's on it and try to navigate it and win, and try to win the East. And that's what we're gonna do. People are talking about an easy schedule in the Southeastern Conference. I don't think there's such a thing as that."
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