Skull Session: Playoff Expansion is on Life Support, Lane Kiffin Speaks His Mind About Bama, and Matthew Jones is a Mechanic

By Kevin Harrish on September 23, 2021 at 5:59 am
We're under center in today's skull session.

When someone asks me whether the classic roast beef sandwich or the curly fries are the best item at Arby's:

Word of the Day: Derisory.

 HE HAS THE MEATS. This is the most important news I will ever share with y'all: Ohio State's record-breaking running back has signed the endorsement deal of a lifetime with the world's finest fast food chain.

I feel like an only child that's welcoming a brand new adopted brother.

“As an RB, it just made sense to partner with the brand and become an official Arby’s RB," Henderson said in the release. "I know that I can always count on them for great food, and anytime I need post-game fuel, they are my go-to.”

They also are my go-to, TreVeyon! We are basically the same! Except, you run a lot on purpose and I spend most of my days with my cat on a couch!

It might not be a stretch to say this is a top-10 thing to happen to me this year. The only way it could get better is if they made a TreVeyon Henderson Arby's branded football jersey. I would pay any amount of money for it, and you would probably have to peel that thing from my rotting corpse before I took it off.

I've even provided them with a mock up. Behold, the meat jersey:

Eat Arby's.

 “WE'RE GOING TO GET HAMMERED PUBLICLY.” Two months ago, it looked like College Football Playoff expansion – specifically a 12-team model – was an inevitability with the specifics and formalities just needing locked down before anything got officially rolled out.

Fast forward, and everything about expansion and that model is currently on life support.

Keith Gill, commissioner of the Sun Belt, spent the last two months meeting with on-campus groups at his member schools to determine their feelings on the 12-team playoff model. The league even distributed surveys that went to coaches, athletes and athletic administrators.

The verdict is in.

“It had overwhelming support, including even from our faculty representatives,” Gill says.

MacLeod, commissioner of Conference USA, noticed similar feedback.

“There’s been a lot of enthusiasm,” she says.

And yet, most commissioners enter Wednesday’s meeting with a sense of doubt that they can agree unanimously to pass a recommendation to the board of managers.

“At this point, I’m not sure there will be one that has full room support,” says one league executive.


“If this all falls apart,” says one CFP official, “we’re going to get hammered publicly.”

For what it's worth, I'm generally a proponent of getting hammered publicly when things don't go your way. However, I'm not sure the CFP official and I are talking about the same thing here. But my idea sounds a hell of a lot more fun!

In any case, it's still possible we see expansion in the nearish future, even if it's not quite the same timeline, process or model we were given a few months ago.

Here's a handy dandy flow chart with all the possible outcomes.

So basically, it seems like that's what we're going to get eventually. It just might take a little longer now.

 RESIDENT MECHANIC. When Thayer Munford left last week's game with an injury, Matthew Jones was the guy tabbed to remedy the situation, filling in for Munford much like he did last year for Harry Miller.

Turns out, the offensive line ain't the only thing he knows how to fix when something goes awry; he's the team's resident auto mechanic.

The cool thing is, it's the NIL era. So, if he really wanted to, he could turn this into a little side hustle and make a little bit of money.

I mean, I'd use him. I'm sure he knows how to change a mean tire.

 CHERRY PICKING. Lane Kiffin, God bless him, has never been one that's shy of speaking his mind. And before his team becomes the latest sacrifice to Alabama, he took the chance to give the subtlest of digs to his former mentor.

“Now they go to cherry-pick players for any holes they may have like an Ohio State receiver [Jameson Williams] or a Tennessee linebacker [Henry To'o To'o],” Kiffin said. “So now, it’s like not only do they get the best draft picks but they get to go into free agency and take players, so it really is going to set up one of the most talented teams ever, which is what we’re getting ready to play.”

He ain't exactly wrong. Bama's lapped everyone on the recruiting trail for years, now they're just going ahead and plucking kids they somehow missed out on of high school right off other teams' rosters.

And I can't even complain! Because I would love to see my team do the exact same thing!

 SONG OF THE DAY. "B.Y.O.B." by System of a Down.

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