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More from The Q&A: Tarrion Adams

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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.

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Jenni Carlson

Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football... Read more ›