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Cutcliffe Opposes Obama’s Playoff Push

President Barack Obama’s willingness to stray from normal politics and stray into athletics has once again emerged in the transition period from Grant Park on Nov. 4 to the Washington Mall on Jan. 20. We didn’t learn much new about Obama in 60 Minutes’ interview with him Sunday, but the man with too many sports connections once again articulated his stance on perhaps the hottest policy issue in all of sports.

Obama joined many critics of the Bowl Championship Series—he’s reaching across the aisle already!—and pitched his own version of an eight-tea, three-round college football playoff.

“If you’ve got a bunch of teams who play throughout the season, and many of them have one loss or two losses, there’s no clear decisive winner. We should be creating a playoff system,” he said. “It would add three extra weeks to the season. You could trim back on the regular season. I don’t know any serious fan of college football who has disagreed with me on this. So, I’m going to throw my weight around a little bit. I think it’s the right thing to do.”

Not so fast, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said Tuesday.

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