Too many folks that were not there in the seventies and eighties. It was a different time. tv was not that big an influential issue. the bowls were selected based on hand shakes not just tv market share. Acc was highly respected like the sec. WAC was very good. There was no mountain west they were in the WAC. Half the bowls now were not there . There was no bcs structure at all..
Simply teams went to bowls and there was an and upi poll and highest ranked was no 1 .it was a simpler time where no external folks getting their two cents worth
I was around then. After graduating from VT and moving to NC, it was a huge effort to keep up with even the basics of VT football. Had to scan the agate type in the back of the sports page in Sunday's paper to find our scores. Then Sports Center came along and I could stay up late and watch the "other teams" scores scrolling by at the end hoping to catch our score. And remember, I was living in NC, within four hours of the VT campus.
VT was NEVER on TV unless playing an ACC team and that game got chosen for the JP broadcast, which was never. Even if we played a top 10 team, no TV... when we upset #9 WVU that game wasn't televised, had to wait for a Tuesday rebroadcast to see it.
The CFA controlled all college football TV and only the teams that were already marquee teams could get on TV. VT could NOT have moved up like we did in that old "collegial" environment. We have benefited immensely from the changes in the landscape, and need to keep that in mind as we stress over the drawbacks of the new world of college football media and economics.
To put it bluntly, without the changes some of us now decry, would be ECU today. (In the 1980s we were peers and you could argue they were ahead of us).
Miami has been a huge disappointment. The ACC bought them at the top of the market and I'm not sure they will ever recover. FSU has been a disappointment since 2004. Clemson is Clemson.
The fact remains that it's just too costly for a private school to support 85 scholarships, a large stadium and a first-rate coaching staff.