President-elect Obama says playoffs still needed

Updated: January 9, 2009, 5:01 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama says he still believes there needs to be a playoff system to determine country's major-college football champion.

Obama, asked what he thought about Florida's 24-14 victory Thursday night against Oklahoma in the FedEx BCS National Championship Game, congratulated the Gators and said he'd sent a message to a friend whose son plays for the team.

At the same time, he said, "If I'm Utah, or if I'm USC or if I'm Texas, I might still have some quibbles."

Obama said: "That's why we need a playoff."

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