While President Obama's favorite sport is basketball, he has been a frequent advocate for a college football playoff system and has spoken frequently about the sport. In a February interview with the New Republic, the president said he hoped the NCAA would work to reduce violence and injuries in the sport.

"You read some of these stories about college players who undergo some of these same problems with concussions and so forth and then have nothing to fall back on," Obama said. "That's something that I'd like to see the NCAA think about."