‘Bigger than college football’: Rick Scott keeps probing FSU playoff snub
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The Senator has a lot of questions that haven't been answered.

The college football regular season is over, the bowl game slate has begun, and a Senator is still fuming over the exclusion of Florida State University (FSU) from the playoffs.

“This is bigger than college football,” Rick Scott wrote Executive Director Bill Hancock, citing the “implications that stretch far beyond the football fields or athletic departments of our nation’s universities” of which teams get selected for this year’s four-team playoff tourney, which excluded the Seminoles because they were ranked fifth.

Scott added that “those who feel snubbed or mistreated should not be denied the opportunity to get an explanation for the decisions that created that perception,” saying that not only did “athletes” at FSU feel that way, but also “Americans across the country who doubt the integrity of the playoff system.”

Scott’s latest letter to Hancock came after he received one defending FSU’s exclusion from the playoffs. The committee apparently concluded that the Seminoles, the unbeaten champions of the Power 5 Atlantic Coast Conference, were “not the same team” after starting quarterback Jordan Travis was injured earlier this year.

Beyond that, the committee believed that Florida State’s “strength of schedule” didn’t match the teams that made the cut above them.

Scott noted his previous letter “outlined my concerns with the Selection Committee’s decision, which will deny significant financial and economic opportunities for FSU, our student athletes, the City of Tallahassee and the State of Florida, in my first letter. I am sure that you will agree that those who feel snubbed or mistreated should not be denied the opportunity to get an explanation for the decisions that created that perception.”

In his latest communication, Scott also again demanded information from the selection committee, including internal communications about the rankings, and communications between committee members and ESPN and the Southeastern Conference.

The Senator isn’t the only Florida Republican riled up about this gridiron goof-up from the selection panel. Attorney General Ashley Moody wants more details about the selection process, including “communications relating to deliberations to or from the SEC, ACC, NCAA, ESPN, Group of Five conferences, Power Five conferences or any other person relating to the deliberations.”

Additionally, Moody’s office wants “all documents relating to public statements relating to the deliberations, including media talking points and interview notes,” and documents “relating to restrictions of the Conferences against having alternate playoff schedules” along with documents “showing compensation of members in 2023.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis has already pledged $1 million from the new state budget to sue the College Football Playoff committee, assuming that grounds for a legal challenge actually exist.

“If you think about the damages, being in that College Football Playoff versus being in the Orange Bowl is a big, big difference,” DeSantis said in Iowa earlier this month.

Though Florida State fans won’t see them in the national championship, the Seminoles will face off in the Orange Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday, Dec. 30, in a matchup between the fifth- and sixth-best teams in the country according to the selection committee.

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • Joe

    December 18, 2023 at 3:46 pm

    Pure political theater.

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  • Jojo

    December 18, 2023 at 3:51 pm

    Rick Scott, Ashley Moody, Ron Desantis… these people need to just shut up. Right now we have the country on our side but if we start acting like big babies that support will dry up

    • TJC

      December 18, 2023 at 5:06 pm

      Good point. Quit trying to score political points off this mess.

  • WHO CARES???

    December 18, 2023 at 5:04 pm

    College football is nothing more than entertainment on a Saturday afternoon, and is completely irrelevant to anything outside of that.

    This is literally the last thing any of these people should be concerned about.

    • ScienceBLVR

      December 18, 2023 at 9:02 pm

      You got that right, Who!
      Bunch of sore loser snowflakes..What, we’re going to cry, complain, and sue every time a call or decision in sports doesn’t go our way, now?

  • Richard Russell

    December 19, 2023 at 10:37 am

    WTF – Life is not always fair – Football is life; only while you are a player or coach. Afterwards, you have to move on Ricky and Ronny!

  • Sonja Fitch

    December 20, 2023 at 5:49 am

    Lol omg Rick Scott! As if you give a rats ass about anything other than money and power! Rick Scott, Desantis and Gaetz ain’t a part of the Florida Common Good! All 3, Scott, Gaetz and Desantis are shills! Vote Florida Blue !

  • Michael Blevins

    December 25, 2023 at 6:52 am

    FSU is in the ACC. THE ACC!!…strength of schedule matters. FSU is a great team that is in an inferior conference and one that is less talented than the SEC. Who doesn’t understand this?

  • Jojo

    December 31, 2023 at 6:22 am

    I’ve never seen a bunch of more classless winners on a football field than the Georgia bulldogs.
    After leaving for the NFL and exiting through the portal, fsu’s team was decimated.
    So the giggling, the “ we got them” backslapping on the Georgia sidelines was akin to a high school team beating up on the pee wee league.
    So way to go bulldogs, you really showed them

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