School president of Group of 5 program blasts College Football Playoff's 'lack of fairness' in letter
While the 2020 college football season was an incredibly taxing one for several programs across the country, one of the Cinderella stories of the year was Coastal Carolina. A Group of 5 darling had one of the most memorable years the sport has season.
The Chanticleers ended the season 11-0 and ranked No. 12 in the College Football Playoff’s final rankings for the 2020 season. It put Coastal on the map as an emerging Group of 5 power, and while all the attention might have felt like enough for this program, the school’s president believes his team deserved more respect.
Per Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel, Coastal Carolina President Michael T. Benson wrote a letter to the College Football Playoff selection committee, as well as chairman and Iowa AD Gary Barta, complaining about the “lack of fairness” within the system. He also said there is an “absence of character.”
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Benson says there’s flawed logic that goes into team evaluation, and wants to see opportunities for every program in the sport, not just the powers at the Power 5 level.
“I can’t help but think what might have been this season had all FBS programs been given the same equality of opportunity,” Benson wrote. “Just think about that: Football is the only sport where the deck is stack insurmountably against those who have the inevitable classification of ‘Group of Five’ before toe hits the leather each fall.”
Later in the letter, Benson suggests there be expansion to eight teams in order to “just give us a chance to have access like these other schools.”
Coastal Carolina will play Liberty (9-1) in the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 26. The game will air on ESPN.