Howell talks football

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Selma Times-Journal

Max Howell gets to do a lot in his seat behind the microphone.

That includes giving listeners a glimpse into the future.

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The popular radio personality foretold college football’s move to a playoff system – among other things – during his address at the Selma Quarterback Club Monday night.

“It’s going to happen at some point in time because the money is too big,” Howell said. “The money thing will be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. If it doesn’t happen, you people with season tickets will be paying twice that much because the cost of funding college athletes will continue to escalate.”

Howell talks about everything from college sports to NASCAR on his syndicated radio show “Max’d Out With Max Howell,” which is produced from his studio in Destin, Fla.

His take is that the NCAA will have to gradually build toward a playoff format, with a fully operational system by the 2015 season.

Howell also said Tim Tebow is the front-runner for this year’s Heisman Trophy, and a win over Florida State can all but cinch the trophy.

Howell even gave some insight into the recent rumors about coaches moving, specifically those of Tommy Tuberville jumping for Texas A&M.

“Tommy Tuberville will only leave Auburn if he feels he can’t accomplish anything else there,” Howell said. “It’s not all about the money for coaches. It’s important, but coaches want to be paid for what they feel they’re capable of.”