Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, arguably the most powerful person in college athletics, doesn't appear to be the least bit concerned that President Obama favors a playoff in big-time college football.
"It's very hard to be disagreeable with a popular president, that's my first thought," he told USA Today. "The reality is that he has a pulpit and people listen. I think his strength is probably basketball brackets."
Delany suggested that the most powerful man in the world doesn't understand the "complexity" of the Bowl Championship Series.
"He probably has an interest as a fan. He's a scholar and a lawyer and a great politician, but I don't think he really understands the complexity of the issue."
Delany would prefer to stay out of any future Congressional hearings. He suggested that he has already done his time in Washington.
"I hope I don't get invited. It would be my third trip. I'll try to explain the complexity of it. I'll try to explain the importance of the Rose Bowl, the importance of the regular season, the importance of the bowl system.
"The people I work for are the presidents, the coaches, the faculty and the athletic directors. It's not unanimous, but there's a super majority in each of one of those groups that support what we're doing."