Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis took the College Football Playoff committee to task Tuesday, slamming its decision to exclude the undefeated Florida State football team from the four-team playoff.
DeSantis, speaking at a news conference to detail his proposed $114.4 billion budget for Florida, said he is asking for $1 million to let Florida State sue the CFP committee even though the championship will be decided months before a budget is approved. The semifinals are set for Jan. 1, with the championship game to be played Jan. 8.
"My first-grader, my fifth-grader and my preschooler ... they are all Noles and they are big-time fans and they do the tomahawk chop and they were not happy," DeSantis said. "We are going to set aside $1 million and let the chips fall where they may."
DeSantis' recommendation is simply a suggestion to the Florida Legislature, which will begin its annual session next month. Once the Legislature agrees on a spending plan, DeSantis will have power to veto individual items.
Florida State's omission from the CFP elicited a fiery response from the team and its supporters. Coach Mike Norvell said he was "disgusted and infuriated" with the Seminoles becoming the first unbeaten Power 5 conference winner to ever miss out on the playoff, while ACC commissioner Jim Phillips called the decision "unfathomable."
While Michigan (13-0, Big Ten champion), Washington (13-0, Pac-12 champion), Texas (12-1, Big 12 champion) and Alabama (12-1, SEC champion) were the four teams that made it into the playoff, the Seminoles (13-0) were judged by an untimely run of injuries at the quarterback position.
"Florida State is a different team than it was the first 11 weeks," CFP selection committee chairman Boo Corrigan told ESPN. "As you look at who they are as a team right now, without Jordan Travis, without the offensive dynamic he brings, they are a different team and the committee voted Alabama four and Florida State five."
Travis, the ACC Player of the Year, suffered a season-ending broken leg against North Alabama in mid-November. Backup Tate Rodemaker suffered a concussion late in the Seminoles' regular-season finale at Florida, leading to true freshman Brock Glenn, the third-stringer, starting in the ACC title game -- a victory against Louisville.
Fifth-ranked Florida State will face two-time defending national champion Georgia (No. 6) in the Capital One Orange Bowl on Dec. 30.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.