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Should President-elect Obama Concern Himself With An Ncaa Bowl Subdivision Football Playoff System?

November 18, 2008|By CANDUS THOMSON

This is a no-brainer. If, after taking office Jan. 20, the First Fan wants to pick up the phone and tell college football's pooh-bahs that he supports a national championship game, more power to him. The university greedheads aren't listening to Joe the Plumber, that's for sure.

As President-elect Barack Obama noted in the 60 Minutes interview, "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."

Obama was elected to represent all of us. That includes your Red Raiders, your Nittany Lions, your Trojans yearning to sit in front of the flat screen in the dead of winter for a winner-take-all game. Talk about a morale boost for a vast segment of the nation.

Granted, Obama has to fix the economy, end two wars, snuff out Osama bin Laden and revamp health care. But as he said at the beginning of the economic meltdown, "I think it is going to be part of the president's job to be able to deal with more than one thing at once."

Just like the truly big issues, this won't happen overnight. ABC's deal with the Rose Bowl runs halfway through a second Obama term.

But it's doable, and there's a perfect candidate for the delicate negotiations: Condoleezza Rice, who aspires to be NFL commissioner. Think of it, Madame Secretary, as kind of a tryout.

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