Norvell: I’m disgusted and infuriated
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Florida State Seminoles head coach Mike Norvell issued a blistering assertion concerning the School Soccer Playoff Committee after being neglected of the Prime 4 School Soccer Playoff.
Regardless of being undefeated and 13-0 on the season, the Seminoles dropped one spot to No. 5 after defeating the Louisville Cardinals within the ACC Championship Saturday night time.
“I’m disgusted and infuriated with the committee’s determination right this moment to have what was earned on the sphere taken away as a result of a small group of individuals determined they knew higher than the outcomes of the video games,” stated Mike Norvell in a press release on Sunday.
“What’s the level of enjoying video games? Do you inform gamers it’s OK to give up if somebody goes down? Do you not play a senior on Senior Day for concern of harm? The place is the motivation to schedule difficult nonconference video games?
“We’re not solely an undefeated P5 convention champion, however we additionally performed two P5 non-conference video games away from residence and received each of them. I don’t perceive how we’re imagined to assume that is a suitable method to consider a group. … What occurred right this moment goes towards every thing that’s true and proper in faculty soccer.”
A press release was issued from Michael Alford, Vice President and Athletics Director, and Florida State College.
“The implications of giving in to a story of the second are harmful, far reaching, and everlasting. Not only for Florida State, however faculty soccer as an entire.”
“The argument of whether or not a group is the ‘most deserving OR finest’ is a false equivalence. It renders the season as much as yesterday irrelevant and considerably damages the legitimacy of the School Soccer Playoff. The 2023 Florida State Seminoles are the epitome of a complete TEAM. To remove them from an opportunity to compete for a nationwide championship is an unwarranted injustice that exhibits full disregard and disrespect for his or her efficiency and accomplishments. It’s unforgiveable.”
“The truth that this group has continued to shut out victories in dominant trend going through our present quarterback state of affairs ought to have ENHANCED our case to get a playoff berth EARNED on the sphere. As a substitute, the committee determined to raise themselves and ‘make historical past’ right this moment by departing from what makes this sport nice by excluding an undefeated Energy 5 convention champion for the primary time because the creation of the BCS/CFP period that started 25 years in the past. This ridiculous determination is a departure from the aggressive expectations which have stood the take a look at of time in faculty soccer.”
“Wins matter. Losses matter. People who compete within the enviornment know this. These on the committee who additionally competed within the sport and will have identified this have forgotten it. At the moment, they modified the best way success is assessed in faculty soccer, from a tangible metric – profitable on the sphere – to an intangible, subjective one. Evidently, predicting the long run issues extra.”
“For many people, right this moment’s determination by the committee has without end broken the credibility of the establishment that’s the School Soccer Playoff. And, saddest of all, it was self-inflicted. They selected predictive competitiveness over confirmed efficiency; subjectivity over reality. They’ve change into a committee of prognosticators. They’ve deserted their accountability by discarding their objective – to judge efficiency on the sphere.”
“Our gamers, coaches, and followers – in addition to all those that love this sport – deserve higher. The committee failed faculty soccer right this moment.”