Coastal Carolina president pens letter complaining about 'lack of fairness' in college football’s postseason
Coastal Carolina became the darling of this college football season, with mullets off their helmets, a swashbuckling ethos, and an undefeated season that caught the country's attention.
Coastal Carolina is currently in season four of FBS football. And the school will play Liberty in their very first bowl game, the Cure Bowl, in Orlando on Saturday.
However, the conclusion of the 11-0 season in Coastal Carolina brought with it some of the gruesome realities that surround the highest echelons of college football. Despite its record and a high profile surprise from BYU, Coastal finished 12th on the College Football Playoff rankings and was banned from New Year's Six Bowl games in favor of more traditional teams.
Incoming Coastal Carolina President Michael T. Benson wrote an open letter to the College Football Playoff Committee and its chair, Iowa AD Gary Barta, criticizing the "lack of fairness" and "lack of character" in the current postseason College football, which "must be" addressed. "
The letter calls for "equal opportunities" for schools in the group of five and criticizes the "flawed logic" that ended with Coastal's No. 12 ranking and Cincinnati (9-0) as No. 8. absolutely baffled. "
"I can't help but wonder what could have been this season if all FBS programs had been given equal opportunities," Benson wrote in a letter from Yahoo Sports. He added, "Just remember, soccer is the only sport where the deck is insurmountably stacked against those who have the inevitable 'Group of Five' classification before the toes hit the leather every fall."
In the letter, Benson acknowledged the reality that finances play on judging teams in the postseason of college football: "The [Power] Five" have ensured another type of Golden Rule at the highest level of Division 1 Football remains firmly anchored: those who make the rules with gold. "
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers players Tyler Wagner, 78, DE Tarron Jackson and Brayden Matts go to the locker room during a game on Nov. 28. (John Rivera / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Benson's letter adds to the growing frustration with the college football postseason. The announcement of the rankings on Sunday met with unprecedented criticism in the seven-year history of the College Football Playoffs as the media and beyond made calls for an extension of the playoffs.
AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco has been one of the most vocal critics, saying in a telephone interview with Yahoo Sports that he will continue. "I will be an unrelenting advocate for the future expansion of the playoffs," he said. "I was [a lawyer] in the room but we didn't speak about it publicly to respect the CFP."
In a phone interview with Yahoo Sports earlier this week, Benson further expanded on his position on the inequalities in the current system. He claimed he was a huge fan of the sport and understood from working in Utah early in his career the power that football has to transform a university.
When asked about workable solutions, he mentioned that the Group of Five will be guaranteed access to an expanded college football playoff.
"If you expand the playoffs to eight teams, they are talking about a representative of the group of five or maybe two," said Benson. "Just give us a chance to have access to these other schools."
One of Benson's points about the college football playoffs and the inequality of the current bowl system is that it lacks some of the qualities that make the NCAA men's basketball tournament great.
"With all the drama that March Madness Basketball presents each year with the Cinderella stories of Butler or Loyola from Chicago or George Mason at the Final Four, what is currently true of football is completely without comparable tension and excitement." he said. "Or, for that matter, fairness."
Regardless of how college football's postseason changes, Benson said Coastal's appearance on the scene won't be a year-long flash.
"I hope people get used to the mullet," he said. "We're here to stay."
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