It takes quite a bit to get those who govern college football and television to consider changing their minds, but sometimes it's just so obvious that even they are struck by the need for something different.

That appears to be the case with the decision to play the college football playoff semifinals on New Year's Eve — a move that could politely be termed disastrous. They were played Dec. 31 this past year, and viewership dropped roughly 40 percent from the previous year, when they were played on Jan. 1.

Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, tried to stand by the decision. But now he's altered that stance.

"We're exploring if there's a better [date] for the semifinals," Hancock told ESPN.com. "We're thinking about if New Year's Eve is the way to go."

You think?

The changes couldn't be made until the 2018 season, but really: There should be no further debate.

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