Air Force coach Troy Calhoun says four-team playoff is 'un-American'

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Nov 21, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Air Force Falcons head coach Troy Calhoun reacts against the San Diego State Aztecs during the third quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. (Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 21, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Air Force Falcons head coach Troy Calhoun reacts against the San Diego State Aztecs during the third quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. (Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports)

Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun has never been afraid to voice his opinion. When asked about the four-team College Football Playoff, Calhoun, who prefers an eight or 16-team model, did not disappoint.

“There’s no doubt that it’s all set up for five conferences, as it is,” Calhoun said per the Colorado Springs Gazette. “You’ve got to be in one of those five conferences. It’s un-American, bottom line. We live in a country where upward mobility is possible, where games should be played out on the field.”

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Among Calhoun’s issues with the current format is the emphasis on strength of schedule.

“What about (national champion) Texas Western (basketball) in 1966, should we take that away because their strength of schedule wasn’t one of the four best at that time?” Calhoun said.

When it comes to the bowl system however, Calhoun is all for it. Ever since he took over the program in 2007, he made it clear that qualifying for a bowl game is a top priority. This year, the 9-3 Falcons will head to Boise, Idaho, to face 8-4 Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 20.

Calhoun will take his team anywhere for a bowl game to reap the benefits of an extra game and 15 extra practice sessions. Even Siberia.

“If we had to go to Siberia, OK, to play the Leningrad Stalins or the Leningrad Rooksies, we’d go do it,” Calhoun said.

Alrighty then, coach.

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