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Lawmaker wants true playoff system

December 28, 2004

Valdosta - Two weeks ago, the Valdosta State Blazers earned the title of Division 2 National Champions at the final playoff game in Florence Alabama. Now one Georgia lawmaker wants teams in Division 1-A to go through the same process to earn their championship title. "I don't think there's enough people that would support the playoff system in Division 1-A," said Chris Hatcher.

Representative Steve Davis of Henry County is proposing a resolution urging the NCAA to develop a Division 1-A football playoff system. VSU Head Football Coach Chris Hatcher doesn't think that's a good idea. "When you think of college football, you think bowl games, you think the Orange Bowl, Rose and Sugar Bowl, that's whats made college football what it is today, one of the most popular sports in the whole world," said Hatcher.

Representative Davis' resolution states that post-season bowl games often fail to produce a universally recognized national champion and leads to controversy and confusion. Hatcher disagrees. "When I was part of a bowl team at the University of Kentucky it was a great reward for a team that had won seven games in the tough Southeastern conference. If there had been a playoff system, we would've never been rewarded for one of the best seasons in the history of the school," said Hatcher.

Eighth District Senator Tim Golden says there's more important issues lawmakers should be thinking about.  "We need to stick with what we're supposed to be doing and that's dealing with healthcare, education, job creation," said Golden.

And football decisions should be left up to the NCAA. "The government needs to stay out of the private sector business and that's what football is now its a big business at the college level," said Golden.

He doesn't think Davis' idea will make it out of a sub-committee, and hopes politicians will leave athletic decisions up to the ones who know it best.

posted at 3:40 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com