UGA’s Smart: 12-team playoff a massive change

iCrackStreamsJune 12, 2021

As the College Football Playoff management committee starts to consider a 12-team playoff, Georgia coach Kirby Smart says he believes college football is on track for its biggest change ever.

“Most changes have been relatively small,” Smart told ESPN’s Marty & McGee on Saturday. “With the potential of what’s been proposed … [it’s] probably the greatest change there has been in terms of major college football.”

Smart was one of several coaches to weigh in on the potential of a 12-team playoff, with LSU’s Ed Orgeron calling expansion “inevitable” and saying he is fine with a change that helps the Tigers reach the playoff.

“I think it’s coming,” Orgeron said. “Here’s what I’ve learned: As the older you get, you have to adapt. This game is changing, recruiting is changing, things are changing fast. We just have to adapt. Hey, if they expand, then good. It gives us a chance to get in.”

Under the 12-team format proposed by a CFP subcommittee Thursday, the bracket would include the six highest-ranked conference champions and the next six highest-ranked teams as determined by the CFP selection committee. There would be no limit on the number of participants from a conference, and no league would qualify automatically.

Coastal Carolina, which went 11-0 during the regular season but was 12th in the final CFP rankings. Chanticleers coach Jamey Chadwell told Marty & McGee that this would be a game-changer for the FBS’ smaller schools.

“You’ve got an invitation to the dance now. You actually have an opportunity,” Chadwell said. “I think that’s what everybody’s talking about is no matter what type of season you had, it was very slim that you ever had an opportunity. Slim to none and slim usually left the building. For now, you can see a pathway.

“We’ve got official visits going on this weekend, and I can look them in the face and say if we can handle business, we have an opportunity to play for a national championship,” he added. “You’ve never had that opportunity to say that before, and you can do that now. And so that gives you hope, and as Andy Dufresne says in ‘Shawshank Redemption,’ hope is maybe the best of things.”

Information from ESPN’s Heather Dinich was used in this report.

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