As most know, there were 3 college football teams with a sub-500 record that were able to participate in bowls (Nebraska and Minnesota were 2 of the 3), and 63% of D1 teams participated in a bowl last year.
I know there are mixed feelings on restricting bowls. On the one side, it'd be nice for a bowl to mean something, and not have it be all about the sponsors (with schools often losing money). OTOH, why not let student athletes get rewarded with a nice warm weather vacation. If you don't like a bowl, you don't have to watch it, right?
I actually don't mind all the bowls, but then again, I've been known to watch Tuesday night Mac-tion games, so I may be in the minority.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the article:
"Sources said the council will continue to "study the postseason issue" and evaluate bowl-eligibility criteria. The council also plans to determine whether the minimum requirement of a "deserving" bowl team is a winning record or finishing .500, a source said.
Obviously, requiring a winning record would also limit the number of bowl participants.