Greetings from Jacksonville
Saw one Wake Forest fan today and wanted to cry. I know I should feel happy for them because Wake is proving what is possible, but I am still bitter about our missed opportunities.
Tonight TOB announced on his radio show that BC will never go to the Gator Bowl because we don't travel. I plead with all fans, regardless of what you think of him, to stop buying into that BS!! Wake Forest and Georgia Tech have poor travel reps yet both will be going to the Gator Bowl or an even better game because of WHAT THEY DID ON THE FIELD. Bowls are boondoggles to begin with and there are a variety of factors that go into which team plays where. But we play in a conference that has added merit to its consideration. Plus, the ACC Championship Game teams are exclusively based on what happens on the field. Pointing the finger at us is just more spinning and excuses from TOB. Don't allow it.
If TOB and Gene really do feel that fans are the problem then maybe they should pick up the mantle and spearhead a move to a playoff. There are no remaining reasons for the Bowls. Tradition is gone. Interest is marginal for the non-Jan 1 Bowls. The NCAA is leaving billions of dollars in revenue on table all because the coaches don't want a playoff. Why? Because it would increase the pressure on a guy like TOB. Right now he knows he can waltz into a bowl every season. Under a merit based 16 team format he would really have to accomplish something to get in.
Playoffs will never happen without the BCS conferences leading the way. And it will never be the schools like Ohio State or Texas leading the way. They have too much to lose. The current system works for them. So that leaves schools on the inside of the power conferences, but on the outside of the real bowl games as the voices of reason. I know it won't happen, but I would feel much better about my coach and AD if they used their voices to lead towards positive change instead of using their voices to whine about the fans.