Last week, the chatter around college football centered on the idea to start a Group of 5 playoff.
The idea fascinated a number of folks, and served a solid conversation topic on social media and sports talk radio shows around the country for a few days. Northern Illinois athletic director Sean Frazier publicly supported the idea as well, while guys like Western Michigan’s PJ Fleck called the idea ridiculous right out of the gates.
Bobby Wilder, the head coach at non Power 5 member Old Dominion, is another Group of Five head coach that is not a fan of the idea, and he sums up why quite succinctly.
“In my America, not everybody gets a trophy,” Wilder shared with The Daily Press.
“I’m a big fan of the bowls. I recruit these kids. I see them on a day-to-day basis. I know where a lot of them come from in their lives, and these experiences are experiences they’ll cherish for the rest of their lives. So we don’t all need a trophy.”
“We just had a five-day, life-changing experience for all of us playing in the Bahamas Bowl,” Wilder noted after winning the Bahamas Bowl over Eastern Michigan. “Most of us will never go back to (the Atlantis resort) and all that entailed, but we also got to win an exciting bowl game.