Friday, December 26, 2014

A vote for change

Joe Paterno has forever been in favor of using a playoff format in deciding a national championship -- and with good reason. Penn State has finished with five undefeated seasons during his 43-year reign. Only once out of those five times has he been awarded a piece of the national title pie. The Lions once again find themselves in the thick of the national title hunt, but for now Penn State is the third wheel, ranked No. 3 behind Alabama and Texas Tech in the latest BCS standings. There's still a way to go, though. The Lions, of course, have to win their three remaining games. And 'bama and TT have harder remaining schedules. Should be fun to watch, nevertheless.

A vote for change

Joe Paterno has forever been in favor of using a playoff format in deciding a national championship -- and with good reason. Penn State has finished with five undefeated seasons during his 43-year reign. Only once out of those five times has he been awarded a piece of the national title pie. The Lions once again find themselves in the thick of the national title hunt, but for now Penn State is the third wheel, ranked No. 3 behind Alabama and Texas Tech in the latest BCS standings. There's still a way to go, though. The Lions, of course, have to win their three remaining games. And 'bama and TT have harder remaining schedules. Should be fun to watch, nevertheless.

Of course, a playoff would go a long way in settling some of these issues. President-elect Barack Obama actually brought up the idea of a playoff when he was asked two days ago what he would first fix in sports if given the opportunity. I'm not sure if Paterno, a long-time Republican voted for Obama, but I'm fairly sure a playoff is a change he could believe in. Here's this morning's story on the topic.

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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