Notre Dame legends in full support of college football playoff

A proposed four-team college football playoff is expected to be finalized and in play in the very near future -- as soon as 2014. It already has the backing of conference commissioners, and now awaits approval from college presidents.

And if you thought old school college football coaches and players would be against a playoff and favor remaining status quo, think again--especially if you are asking Notre Dame.

Irish coaching legends Lou Holtz and Ara Parseghian were in Michiana for the 6th annual Irish Legends Golf Classic at Lost Dunes, benefiting their foundations and the Kelly Cares Foundation.

"I was always in favor of a playoff," Parseghian said. "Of course, the discussions would come up, and then they would die away. But this going to four teams now is another step in the right direction.
"It's very difficult to get everybody to agree on things, as you can well imagine. But they have done a good job at working at it and trying to keep everybody happy."

Holtz agrees entirely, citing his own frustrations of arguing with results of the poll during his time at Notre Dame.

"I think [a playoff] would be good," he said. "I just wish that they would pick the four teams by committee after the bowl games. Not before, after. Have all the bowls finish by January 1, then take the top four teams. You then have an eight-team playoff. It would make all the major bowls important. But, you know, my wife doesn't listen to me... Why would the NCAA?," he joked.

Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Lujack favors the idea of a playoff as well.

"There's so much argument about what two teams you pick out today," Lujack said, "and everybody has an opinion. Now, if you pick four teams, it's probably going to satisfy more peole. It extends the season one more week, and I kinda like that. But everything turns out well for those guys that can think ahead of time."

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly believes the playoffs are a positive thing for the Irish.

"It looks like the '14 playoff is going to allow access to all," Kelly said. "With the strength of schedule that we play, that's going to be rewarded, and we're excited about that."

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