Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis criticized the College Football Playoff committee Tuesday and stated he’s asking for $1 million within the state’s funds to let Florida State sue the committee over its choice to exclude the group from the Playoff.
DeSantis spoke in regards to the choice at a information convention associated to his spending proposal, which requires a $114.4 billion funds for Florida. DeSantis stated his youngsters are Seminoles followers and weren’t pleased with FSU’s exclusion from the Playoff.
“My first-grader, my fifth-grader and my preschooler … they’re all ‘noles and they are big-time fans and they do the tomahawk chop and they were not happy,” DeSantis said, according to the Associated Press. “We are going to set aside $1 million and let the chips fall where they may.”
It will be months before a budget is approved, with DeSantis’ suggestion solely a suggestion to the Florida Legislature. The group begins its annual session in January to find out a spending plan. Once that plan is agreed upon, DeSantis will be capable of veto particular person objects.
Florida State, which went 13-0 and gained the ACC Championship Game, slipped to fifth in Sunday’s closing rankings, behind Michigan (13-0), Washington (13-0), Texas (12-1) and Alabama (12-1). The Longhorns and Crimson Tide every moved forward of FSU after profitable the Big 12 and SEC championships, respectively.
FSU misplaced star quarterback Jordan Travis to a ugly leg harm suffered in a sport in opposition to North Alabama on Nov. 18 however went on to win two vital video games with backup quarterbacks Tate Rodemaker and Brock Glenn. The committee cited Travis’ harm as a motive for dropping FSU.
“In the eyes of the committee, Florida State is a different team without Jordan Travis,” committee chairman Boo Corrigan stated Sunday. “One of the things we do consider is player availability, and our job is to rank the best teams, and in the final decision looking at that, it was Alabama at four and Florida State at five.”
Others in addition to DeSantis have expressed outrage over the snub, with Florida State soccer coach Mike Norvell saying he was “disgusted and infuriated” by the committee’s choice Sunday to depart the Seminoles out of the four-team subject. FSU is the primary undefeated Power 5 convention champion to overlook the Playoff.
“What is the point of playing games? Do you tell players it is okay to quit if someone goes down? Do you not play Senior Day for fear of injury? What is the motivation to schedule challenging non-conference games?” Norvell stated.
FSU athletic director Michael Alford stated the committee “failed college football” with the choice.
Florida State is slated to face Georgia within the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30.
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