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January 8, 2009, 04:27 AM
The following is quoted from the wed, Jan 7 edition of the Mobile(Al) Press register.

I'm NOT trying to start a hate thread here, I just found this interesting and wanted to share it.


The most powerful man in college football walked through the press box at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Tuesday night and not a single head turned.

If you're even a casual fan of college football then Dave Brown, the man with the common name but unique position as vice president of programming at ESPN, has had more of an impact on your life than you know.

Fans who have missed an episode of "CSI: Miami" on Monday night because of a UCLA-Tennessee game or had their marital harmony threatened because of watching Auburn against South Carolina on Thursday night instead of "The Office" can thank Brown.

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Brown, who has worked at ESPN for 21 of the network's 29 years, is not only the king of the mid-week college football game but also one of the driving forces behind games like the preseason Chick-fil-A College Kickoff game that pitted Alabama and Clemson last year and will match the Crimson Tide against ACC champion Virginia Tech on Sept. 5 to open the 2009 season.

He's also the person to talk to if you want to know if there will ever be a playoff in major college football. The answer, at least for the four-year duration of ESPN's recent agreement to broadcast the BCS bowl games, is a definite no.

"The next four-year cycle is done, so a playoff is not a consideration at this point," Brown said. "I wouldn't want to see the bowls changed because I don't want to create meaningless games during the regular season. I don't think that would be good for college football."

Besides, Brown said, this bowl season has been one of the most successful ever, even if some people complain that 34 games is a few more than necessary.

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