Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach wants the college football playoffs to be 16 times bigger.
“I think 12 teams is a big step in the right direction,” Leach said Wednesday at the 2021 SEC Media Day on the potential for an expanded playoff system.
“I personally would like to see 64, and you can map that very easily.”
Leach, who has added 12 teams, is “never enough,” said Mississippi state president Mark Keenum — chairman of the College Football Playoff Board of Managers — on the college football playoff committee, so “they are in good hands. “
College Football Playoffs Announced in June That he is considering increasing the tournament from four to 12.
While Leach is a fan, the potential change has been met with widespread skepticism by some. North Carolina coach Mack Brown said earlier this month that his The team does not support the proposal.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said on Tuesday that his players Not in favor of an “inevitable” expansion to 12 teams.
“Our team is not for this,” Swinney said. “They don’t want to play any more games. And, to be honest with you, I don’t know if 12 teams is good enough. So you’re going to play more games to play more games.
“And I think the more you expand that, the less important the season becomes and the more you become the NFL, as far as, well, you’re in the playoffs? Well, you know. why play trevor [Lawrence] Are you already in this game? Suddenly you are not in the top-12 and the kids are not playing.
Leach, 60, also made headlines on Wednesday for his witty opening statement – one that lasted just under 15 seconds.
“Well, I’m not a big opening statement guy, and also, you guys are going to ask whatever you want to know,” Leach said. “So let’s go ahead and get started. Have any questions?”