For Richardson, a projected top-10 pick, the decision came down to helping his family, which includes two young daughters. He wants to be somewhere he can see his kids every day and to pay back his mother, who is fighting lupus.
“The notion of having a Final Four approach is probably a sound one,” Emmert said when asked what he heard coming out of New Orleans this week. “Moving toward a 16-team playoff is highly problematic because I think that’s too much to ask a young man’s body to do. It’s too many games, it intrudes into the school year and, of course, it would probably necessitate a complete end to the bowl system that so many people like now.”
That’s not to say that the system did everything wrong because that just isn’t the case. However, if we truly wanted to evaluate the way things are done we have to compare what went right and wrong.
As Alabama basks in the national championship afterglow, the countdown to National Signing Day has begun in earnest. That’s the next red-letter day for Nick Saban and Company as the Crimson Tide restocks the cupboard while most fans expect Trent Richardson, Courtney Upshaw and Dont’a Hightower to head to the NFL.
White House officials say President Barack Obama phoned Saban on Thursday to talk about the Jan. 9 victory over LSU. Obama told Saban he watched the entire game and was impressed with Alabama’s performance.
This wasn’t just another BCS title for Saban. This was a statement to prove to any naysayers that his team belonged in this game and could win it decisively. Not only is Saban the best coach in the land today, he is also quickly climbing into that rarefied air of college football’s version of Mount Rushmore.