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NCAA Presidents Commission Rejects Football Playoff

October 01, 1987

The Presidents Commission of the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. unanimously rejected the proposal for a major college football championship game.

"There is nothing to be gained other than to satisfy the egos of a few people who can be able to say, 'I won the game,' " said Maryland Chancellor John Slaughter, the commission chairman. "I think that is a hollow and meaningless designation."

Commission members voted, 11-0, to oppose any legislation introduced at the NCAA's January convention that would create a football playoff.

"The idea of a championship football game is not in the best interest of intercollegiate athletics and is not something that the commission should favor," Slaughter said. "It was very clear from that vote what our position is on the matter."

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