Obama gives college football playoff thumbs up

The Associated Press Published:

President Barack Obama gives his seal of approval to a college football playoff, plans to welcome his hometown Chicago Bulls to the White House as NBA champions sometime in the next "five years" and says he's "been on the Jeremy Lin bandwagon for a while."

In an interview with Bill Simmons of Grantland.com, Obama was asked how often he hoped to welcome the Bulls as NBA champions.

"Every year," Obama said. "And it hasn't happened yet, but it will happen."

He later said he has "another five years" to welcome them, though he stands for re-election in November.

The President says he would prefer to see an eight-team college playoff rather than the four-team one that has been proposed, but called four "a good place to start."