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The 2021 college football season is now officially in the books. Maybe you enjoyed Monday's finale, with Georgia coming back to knock off Alabama. After all, it's hard to argue that the matchup didn't feature the two best teams of the 2021 season, and nearly every starter should at least get a cup of coffee in the NFL.
Maybe you didn't like it. It's easy to get Alabama fatigue, after all, and it's not like Georgia was some super plucky underdog. America had already seen these two teams play, and as has become a reoccurring theme of the Playoff Era, the title game was between two Southern schools.
Whether you loved it or hated it, it probably won't be the last time we see it, especially with Tuesday's news that the College Football Playoff is unlikely to expand before this TV contract expires.
- Why Matt has a stupid tiny caveman brain, and why both of us take such different approaches to enjoy college football games
- Why, specifically, the College Football Playoff is unlikely to expand right now, and who is to blame
- Why this group has been unable to reconcile their differences when conference commissioners were able to figure out solutions to create the BCS and the original playoff
- How you can save 15% off your first order at Homefield Apparel by using discount code EXTRAPOINTS
- And how our friends at Homefield are launching a free college basketball newsletter called Cherry Pickin', which you can subscribe to right here.
- What schools and leagues benefit from the status quo, and which programs really suffer from the playoff not expanding for a few more years
- What the inability to reach a solution means for the immediate future of college sports governance
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I also wanted to pass along a video interview I recently did for our sister publication, AthleticDirectorU. I interviewed North Carolina AD Bubba Cunningham about NIL, change management, what UNC would do if amateurism ends, and more.
I've been critical of some of Cunningham's positions on NIL and group licensing before, but I'm glad I had a chance to actually talk to him and get a little more clarification on his thinking, especially now that we've been doing this for a few months and nobody has died yet. His comments near the end of the segment, about how UNC might navigate a post-amateurism world, were especially notable, in my humble opinion.
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