More from The Q&A: Tarrion Adams
Tulsa tailback Tarrion Adams hopes to cap an already stellar senior season with a Conference USA championship today.
Thing is, he knows that a conference title could’ve meant a whole lot more if college football had a different way of crowning its national championship.
Here’s what Adams had to say about that and other topics left over from The Q&A:
Jenni Carlson: Gotta ask you about the BCS — thumbs up or thumbs down?
Tarrion Adams: I didn’t start thinking about the BCS until I started thinking about us going 14-0 and going to a BCS bowl game. Even then … I figured at the end of the road when we got there, we got there. It didn’t make any sense to worry about it ahead of time.
JC: Teams like yours, though, one loss essentially knocks you out of the running. Would this season have been different for you with a playoff instead of the BCS?
TA: I definitely believe so. I think a playoff is something that would be useful in college football. I think that’s something that a lot of players would enjoy. I think that’s something that would showcase your skills and abilities on a higher level, especially for teams like us in smaller conferences to get a chance to play bigger schools in that setting. I think it’d be great. It could show what you could do and give you an opportunity to compete on that level.
JC: I mean, how cool would it be if you guys had a playoff game against Oklahoma or USC or Alabama?
TA: It would definitely be cool. That’s something that I hear a lot about, and that’s something that I think they might want to implement. But I think it’d just be great. Just me personally, coming from the school that I come from and this conference, you don’t get a chance to play those type of schools often. That would give a lot of guys a lot of motivation. Something else to look forward to, to strive toward.
JC: Set me straight on something — you were born in Japan?
TA: I was. My parents were in the military, in the Air Force. I was born over in Japan.Okinawa, Japan.
JC: How long were you there?
TA: I did not live over there very long at all. After that, I went to live with my grandmother in Mississippi for a year until my parents came back to the States.
JC: Too bad you didn’t have a chance to really have any memories from Japan.
TA: Actually … once I become wealthy in whatever field I’m in I plan on going and visiting some of the places my parents have told me I was.
JC: So, Japan, then Mississippi, then Oklahoma. Do you consider Oklahoma home?
TA: Basically. That’s where I did all my growing up.
JC: When did football enter the picture?
TA: I was 6 when I started playing pee wee football. I played with David Godbold, who went on to play at OU basketball. I played with Darnell Jackson, who went to Kansas and is now with Cleveland.
JC: They went basketball, but you stuck with football.
TA: They were always taller and bigger than us. We always thought that Darnell would be a big D lineman or big D end. But … both of them came back one summer and were just dunking at young ages. I don’t blame them for sticking with it at all.