SI.com: Cuban taking it easy on football plan critics
Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, plays it cool when it comes to defending his college football plan.
August 25th, 2011
06:58 PM ET

SI.com: Cuban taking it easy on football plan critics

Who's in favor of college football BracketBusters? That would be Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who made the proposal to the NCAA this month. The plan essentially would allow the top four teams in the BCS standings from conferences without championship games (and from among independents) to play an additional game in December.

It's no secret that Cuban has been looking for ways to shake up the Bowl Championship Series landscape, but if you're expecting Cuban to make a hotheaded defense against naysayers, you may be disappointed, writes SI.com's Andy Staples:

"So where is Cuban's impassioned defense of his plan? Offered the chance to discuss it, Cuban declined. He knows how he is perceived, and he doesn't want his lightning-rod status to overshadow a good idea. 'He doesn't want to be perceived as fanning the flames here,' said (Brett Morris, the man charged with building Cuban's foray into college football). 'We want to do what's best for college football. That sounds cheesy, but that's the truth.' Morris offered a statement from Cuban to use in this column, but I declined. I e-mailed Morris to let him know I had no intention of using any canned quotes from one of the most quotable people on the planet. A few minutes later, an e-mail from Cuban appeared in my inbox. 'I worked long and hard on that quote!!' Cuban protested. 'I don't get much better than that.'"

Preseason NFL action continues tonight:

Carolina Panthers vs. Cincinnati Bengals (7 p.m. ET)

Cleveland Browns vs. Philadelphia Eagles (7:30 p.m. ET)

Washington Redskins vs. Baltimore Ravens (8 p.m. ET)

By The Numbers

3 - Number of years of ex-Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl's show-cause penalty, which would ban him from recruiting activities should a school hire him. SI.com's Luke Winn (URL: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/luke_winn/08/24/bruce.pearl.penalties/index.html ) takes a look at where Pearl goes from here.

9 - Number of titles U.S. Open No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic has won this season.

$300 million - Amount the NBA claims to have lost last season. Players and owners are expected to meet again next week to make headway in resolving the lockout.

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  1. The Lone Okie

    When are they going to come up with a plan to pay the college players?

    August 25, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    No Okie. It's not about money in college football. It's about pride and victory.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Nicely stated, Cesar.
    Untrue, but nicely stated.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    @banasy: I did elaborate, but my post was rejected. Let's try this one: True, it's about money for the colleges and others, but the players have their mind on winning.

    August 25, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    Thanks CNN. I didn't take it personal, just tried again.

    August 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. laughing out loud

    @the lone okie: they already have one it's called free tuition, oh, and Barry Switzer.

    August 25, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    @Cesar:

    Now *that* statement is true!

    August 25, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    @lone okie: Then again if you pay the football players, you would need to pay the basketball players, chess players, baseball players, band members, cheerleaders, etc.

    August 25, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    @banasy: Thanks for your feedback.

    August 25, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pay Players

    @Cesar: I respectfully disagree. Players are practicing a lot on top of studying. Any other student who works at their school is paid. People will say a scholarship is the payment and they are right, but any other student on scholarship can get a job, while the athletes cannot. Pay them $7 an hour, so they can go to a movie or take a girl out for a nice night. It's more than fair considering how poor some of these kid's families are. I wanna see a NCAA football playoff system, so fans can actually be interested in the Angel Soft Toilet Bowl for a change. The ranking system is very close to getting it right, but a playoff would determine the REAL winner.

    August 25, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. laughing out loud

    There's no law stating athletes can't work. Some people work two or three jobs while going to school to pay for tuition so your argument is moot.

    August 25, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pay Players

    @lol: I looked it up and you're right. I obviously was misled by someone who stated that college athletes were not permitted by the NCAA to get an outside job. The NCAA states that a student may work, provided they are not paid more than what the normal pay would be. I retract my statement. Student athletes are even permitted to provide training and coaching off site. They are also provided transportation to their jobs. I still would like to see playoffs though. Harhar..

    August 25, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    Coach pearl could go work for the hairless nuts ohio state no eyes hed fit right in

    August 26, 2011 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. Pat

    This is my playoff system:
    http://members.shaw.ca/wxdog/ncaa.html

    August 27, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |