Dooley comments on playoff plan

Dooley comments on playoff plan


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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The plan to create a new four-team playoff for college football has Derek Dooley's attention, but he's still got plenty of questions about how it will work.

"I hope we get in it one day," Dooley said.

The plan could go into effect in 2014 and would involve four teams playing two national semi-final games. The winners would advance to a national title game played at a neutral site.

Details of the proposal-- like how the four playoff teams would be selected-- haven't been revealed by BCS commissioners that met on Wednesday in Chicago.

"I am sure there is a way we can make it a little better. But I think all the elements we have been trying to use, whether it's opinion, computers, strength of schedule, all that matters," said the Tennessee head coach. 

"I love how we say let's get the biased out, so lets get a selection committee. Are you kidding me? Where are those guys coming from? They don't have any bias?"

Dooley said he is not sure the current system needs to be scrapped.

"We've been sitting here tweaking a system for like fifteen years and I hate to start all over," said Dooley.

"As much as we beat-up the polls, there is not a lot of discrepancy in the polls. If you look at the top four teams and you go back in history, I don't think anyone is going to say 'that's ridiculous. There's no way that's the case.'

"It's not all that bad."

Dooley made his comments after attending the dedication of a new learning center at a Boys and Girls Club facility in north Knox County.

The room was named in honor of Dooley and former UT football player Jason Witten, who know plays for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys. Witten was also in attendance.


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