You would be exhausting pressed to seek out many round Large 12 territory in opposition to the concept of School Soccer Playoff enlargement. The truth is, commissioner Bob Bowlsby even stated at Large 12 Media Days he could be “keen to stay with” the convention’s possibilities of getting two groups into the playoff every year if the sphere went from 4 groups to 12.
Whereas the change could not appear to have an enormous impact on a struggling Kansas program, it is price noting Kansas twice would have been in place to make a 12-team playoff beginning in 1995. The crew went 10-2 beneath Glen Mason that yr and, in fact, gained the Orange Bowl beneath Mark Mangino within the 2007 season.
New Kansas coach Lance Leipold? He, too, is in favor of enlargement — particularly if there are methods to make the common season nonetheless matter.
“I used to get that query loads after I was a Division III coach: Do you suppose Division I ought to have playoffs?” Leipold stated. “My customary reply to that was, it’d be good to have. I nonetheless consider within the bowl system. I believe there’s deserves for a few of these issues. I don’t know what the steadiness of that will be.”
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Continued Leipold: “I stated no matter you determine on the quantity of video games that it will be, if it’s something eight or much less, you’re all the time going to be speaking about enlargement. To me, I all the time attempt to examine a bit bit to the NCAA basketball match. Proper after they announce the sphere, what’s subsequent talked about? Those that simply missed. That’s what finally ends up being the controversy and also you guys can write a whole lot of tales about it.”
Leipold’s level actually carries some credence. Whereas the four-team playoff was supposed to assist a few of these points about deserving groups being omitted, it has led to new conversations across the groups that end within the three-through-six vary. One other subject that Leipold alluded to: With 4 groups making the playoff, some have argued the bowl system has been devalued — particularly for the groups that simply miss out.
On the flip facet, one may argue regular-season video games could be much less significant if 12 groups made the sphere, as powerhouses may afford a slip-up or two — or maybe three — and nonetheless have an opportunity to sneak in. Once more, Leipold has some distinctive expertise in that area, successful six D-III nationwide titles.
“Being in Division III, 32 groups, to win 5 playoff video games is a grind — it doesn’t matter who you’re taking part in in opposition to in what spherical,” Leipold stated. “Do I believe it’s good to develop? An extended reply longer, sure I do. I do. I believe it’s good for alternatives. I’m not one which thinks it diminishes the common season. All of it relies upon with what we wish to do with residence discipline and the place we’re going to play the video games.”
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Continued Leipold: “If you wish to host residence video games and while you begin speaking about the place they’re going to be performed and climates and residential crowd environments and all these issues, each sport will stay essential and it’ll give alternative for lots of fine issues to occur.”
That being stated, the coach joked that nobody apart from media has ever actually requested for his opinion on the playoff, so he stated he is not anticipating a vote. His opinion, although? Growth, Leipold stated, could be good.
“The query needs to be — on the Division III degree you play 10 common season video games and then you definitely go into playoffs,” Leipold stated. “So are we going to have a look at taking part in 11 video games after which going to playoffs, as a result of what number of video games are too many for these younger males? And that’s the subsequent query.”