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College FootballGrade
The Promise: "....we should be creating a playoff system. Eight teams. That would be three rounds to determine a national champion....I'm going to throw my weight around a little bit..."
When/Where: Interview on CBS New Program "60 Minutes" dated 11/17/08.
Status:Among the principal complaints against the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) when Candidate Obama promised to "influence" change were that the methodology employed to select championship game participants consisted of subjective voting assessments coupled with the ability for an undefeated team to finish a season without being afforded the opportunity to play in that year's national championship game. Further, a team could lose its own conference championship but still be selected to play in the BCS championship game.

To remedy this situation, the formation of a four-team college football playoff system was announced by a committee of university presidents on 06/26/12. The first College Football Playoff Selection Committee was announced on 10/16/13. The committee members include one current athletic director from each of the five major conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC) as well as former coaches, players, administrators, and a retired member of the media.

President Obama didn't get the eight teams he wanted in the new college football playoff system. Did he "influence" the creation of that system? Perhaps.

He's therefore granted 50% of a grade point because (1) the creation of a college football playoff system wasn't a decision for the President of the United States to make and (2) the extent to which he influenced the playoff plan cannot be substantiated.