“It’s a Bunch of Bullcrap”: 5X NCAA Champion Coach K Drops Truth Bomb on Jordan Travis’ Absence and FSU’s Playoff Snub

Published 12/08/2023, 9:13 PM EST

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It’s almost been a week but it remains a fresh sore. A lot of people are speaking out against the decision of the College Football Playoff Committee to exclude the Florida State Seminoles from the upcoming playoffs. The unrest has spread beyond football as former legendary Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski slams the CFP’s ruling.

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Coach K isn’t hiding his disappointment towards the unfair judgment. The 5-time ACC Coach of the Year retired in 2022 as the all-time winningest coach in men’s Division I college basketball after leading his team to three Olympic gold medals. He knows a thing or two about what it takes to be a leading team and he isn’t pleased with the deserving FSU’s deprivation of their chance to win a National Championship. 

Coach Mike Krzyzewski labels FSU’s omission “bullcrap” 

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In a recent discussion between Coach K and former FSU QB Danny Kanell on Basketball and Beyond Podcast, the 76-year-old former coach presented his views on Florida State getting left out of the playoffs.

He expressed his displeasure over the selection process saying, The committee got it wrong. What they did to Florida State was wrong. I can’t believe the coaches in that room let this happen.”

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Coach K thought that Florida as a team got ‘tougher’ after Travis’ injury, adding, “They weren’t gonna score 36 points but they weren’t gonna let anyone score. Whatever that defense did or special teams, that wasn’t recognized. It was a different way of being a champion. I think it’s a bunch of bullcrap.

Not every team can pull the feat that FSU pulled when they won the Power Five championship with its third-string QB. In their last game on Saturday, the team’s defense gave up only six points leading them to finish the season with an unblemished 13-0 record. But this unfair treatment has got many people trolling the CFP committee. 

The CFP left out FSU due to QB complications

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Despite being the first Power Five champion to finish the season with 13-0, the CFP committee selected the Alabama Crimson Tide over the Seminoles for the upcoming 2024 playoffs. One of the main reasons for the snub is the status of FSU’s star QB Jordan Travis’ season-ending injury in Week 11. The committee felt Florida State Seminoles isn’t the same team without their star QB. 

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Chair of the CFP, Boo Corrigan spoke of the committee’s decision to exclude FSU saying, “Florida State is a different team than they were through the first 11 weeks. An incredible season. But as you look at who they are as a team, right now, without Jordan Travis, without the offensive dynamic that he brings to it, they are a different team.” Travis indeed brings on a different atmosphere with his presence in the field. But is that the way to rule out a selection?

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The whole scenario of choosing Alabama over Florida State Seminoles has caused widespread unrest among players, coaches, and fans alike. Now as Alabama advances towards the Rose Bowl against the Michigan Wolverines, FSU will face the Georgia Bulldogs in the Orange Bowl. What do you think about the undefeated ACC champion being denied a deserving playoff appearance? 

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