Ron DeSantis downplays ‘small amount’ budgeted for potentially suing College Football Playoff committee
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The Governor said $1M in his state budget wasn't a big deal Friday in Iowa.

Gov. Ron DeSantis talked up a potential legal challenge to the College Football Playoff selection process, contending that the $1 million he just budgeted to potentially pursue legal action challenging it is just a “small amount of money” for litigation.

“They’re not going to be able to change who’s played in the game,” DeSantis added. “But that decision cost the university a lot of money. I mean, like a lot.”

The Governor made the comments in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as part of an extended statement about the injustice of the exclusion of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship-winning Florida State Seminoles from this year’s four-team tourney.

DeSantis noted that the College Football Playoff committee’s decision let down his children, who have become avid Seminole fans during their time in Tallahassee.

“I told my kids, I said, ‘Guys, if they just win the next two games, they are going to the playoffs because they will be undefeated,” DeSantis said. When things didn’t go as planned, DeSantis said “the kids are bugging me: ‘Daddy, you said they were going to the playoffs. What happened?'”

Additionally, DeSantis told the Iowa crowd about the shortcomings of college football in the state for the last decade, a line he’s used elsewhere but not in this context.

“We were at the top of the heap in college football between Miami, FSU and Florida State,” DeSantis said, omitting the Florida Gators and listing the Tallahassee school twice.

“And that hasn’t been true in the last 10 years,” DeSantis lamented. “This is kind of the first shot that we’ve had to get back up there as a state.”

It’s unclear what remedy would ultimately satisfy DeSantis. During previous remarks on the Seminoles’ playoff snub, he has said regarding an expanded field that “maybe it’s probably too many teams because there’s a happy medium between having a playoff, which I think we should, to where the regular season doesn’t mean as much anymore.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Richard C. Russell

    December 7, 2023 at 5:50 pm

    Ronny you should accept the ruling against FSU. When a team is rightfully deemed 5th best, it can’t squeeze into a 4 way playoff. Save the money.

  • Larry Billows

    December 7, 2023 at 6:37 pm

    Thank you governor, I hope Florida sues that shit
    ‘committee’. That clueless group of wannabes that jumped in the sack with the hero in his mind king saban, has messed with players futures, recruiting, contracts, not to mention what it did to college football fans. Only the real stupid fans can feel right about those morons decision.
    I have been a serious college football fan for over 55 years, I will however, never watch another game, period. No sense?!

  • ScienceBLVR

    December 7, 2023 at 7:57 pm

    Just a million bucks? Geesshhh, wonder how many migrants the Gov could fly around the country for a million? I guess I just don’t understand the reaction. Watching sports is just all about winning and losing, right? And money. Decision was made- and it didn’t go your way. You don’t sue, you just suck it up like any loss.
    What a bunch of snowflakes..

  • MH/Duuuval

    December 8, 2023 at 10:06 am

    Litigation using the taxpayers money is the ploy of MAGA mites. (Patronis should weigh in here. He wants to use Florida tax money to help multi-millionaire Trump pay his legal bills.)

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