According to Mediaite, former President Donald Trump weighed in on the controversial decision to choose Alabama over undefeated Florida State for the College Football Playoffs, blaming Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for the outcome. In a post on Truth Social, Trump expressed his dissatisfaction with Florida State being left out of the playoffs and sarcastically suggested blaming DeSantis for a supposed lobbying effort.
Trump’s criticism centered on the College Football Playoff (CFP) committee’s decision to select one-loss Alabama over undefeated Florida State, citing a subjective “eye test.” He took issue with Florida State’s exclusion, calling it a “really bad lobbying effort.”
While Trump’s blame on DeSantis is likely tongue-in-cheek, it underscores the political nature of sports decisions and the potential for criticism regardless of involvement. The controversy surrounding Florida State’s exclusion from the playoffs has sparked debates about the subjectivity of the selection process.
“FLORIDA STATE WAS TREATED VERY BADLY BY THE “COMMITTEE.” THEY BECOME [SIC] THE FIRST POWER FIVE TEAM TO BE LEFT OUT OF THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS. REALLY BAD LOBBYING EFFORT…LETS BLAME DESANCTIMONIOUS!!!”
Trump’s post also highlighted the sentiment that Florida State was treated unfairly, echoing concerns raised by others in the sports media. The subjective nature of the selection process and the emphasis on playing style over wins and losses have led to criticism of the College Football Playoff system
In expressing his opinion, Trump touched on the entertainment value of college football while criticizing what he sees as sycophancy and fear of legendary coach Nick Saban in the sports media. The controversy surrounding the playoff selection has ignited discussions about the need for potential reforms in the College Football Playoff system