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Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach looks beyond the playoffs to 12 teams


While some coaches and players around college football have come out on top in an extended 12-team playoffs, Mississippi State coach Mike Leach wants even more participation.

Asked whether 12 teams is enough, Leach said Wednesday, “It’s never enough.”

“But I have to tell you what,” he said, “Mark Keenum, our president, is on the committee, so I know they are in good hands. I think that part is excellent.

“I think 12 teams is a big step in the right direction. I personally want to see 64 and you could map it out pretty easily.”

UNC coach Mack Brown said earlier this month that his team is not for the 12-team model.

North Carolina linebacker Jeremiah Gemmel told ESPN that no one on the team raised his hand in favor of a 12-team playoff, adding that while a few players preferred to stay on four, the majority were split between six and eight teams.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Tuesday that he and his players are also not in favor of the expansion to 12 teams, but added that the transition was “inevitable.”

“Our team is not for that,” Swinney said. “They do not want to play more games. And to be honest with you, I do not know if there are 12 teams good enough. So you have to play more games just to play more games. And I think more you expands it, the less important the season becomes, and the more you become the NFL, as far as it’s okay, are you in the playoffs? Well, you know why play Trevor [Lawrence] in this game if you are already in? Suddenly you are not in the top 12 and children just are not playing. “

Last month, the College Football Playoff announced that it would consider expanding from four to 12 teams.

The proposal, written by a subcommittee of Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick and Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson, calls for the top four conference champions to be seated 1-4 and receive a first round goodbye.

Teams 5-12 played each other in the first round at the home of the higher ranked team. The quarterfinals and semifinals were played in bowling games and the national championship match would remain in a neutral place.



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