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DaKCMan AP
04-26-2012, 11:43 AM
Changes a certainty for BCS, with options expected to be narrowed Thursday
A four-team playoff is looking like a likely possibility

By Steve Gorten, Sun Sentinel
8:29 p.m. EDT, April 25, 2012

HOLLYWOOD — There are definitely changes coming to how the national champion in major college football is decided, and it appears increasingly likely that there will be a four-team playoff starting in 2014.

"I can say the status quo is off the table," Bill Hancock, executive director of the Bowl Championship Series, said Wednesday after the first day of BCS meetings at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood.

Minutes later, Hancock qualified his remark, noting that "The BCS as we know it — the exact same policies — will not continue. …That does not mean there will definitely be a four-team event or a plus-one."

However, the four-team playoff — one of the options being considered for the postseason — was heavily discussed Wednesday by the Football Bowl Subdivision's 11 conference commissioners, as well as by Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick and select athletic directors.

"Fans want a bracket. We've all heard that, and commissioners get that," Hancock said. "They're listening to that. The student athletes, the ones I've talked to, many of them would like to be a in a playoff, but all of them would like to be in a bowl game. So you've got to reconcile that."

None of the four options were eliminated in discussions Wednesday, Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson said, "but the circle is getting a little bit tighter."

SEC commissioner Mike Slive said there's been significant progress made in the process, which he compared to a 26.2-mile marathon.

While in February only about 0.2 miles had been completed, Slive noted, "we've probably gotten 20 miles done" now.

Playing off Slive's marathon analogy, Hancock said of the process, "We've conquered Heartbreak Hill, I think. We're on the way down."

Slive said the goal is to narrow down the options by the end of Thursday — the last day of meetings in Hollywood — and "take more than one concept" back to school presidents to consider.

The 12-member presidential oversight committee must then reach a consensus — there will be no majority vote. Hancock said there are no deadlines set, but the hope is that everything is done by July 4. There's agreement among everyone here that there needs to be a resolution sometime this summer.

"All of us want to get it done as early as possible," Slive said.

Thompson described the tone in Wednesday's discussions as good.

"It was good give-and-take with the [athletic directors], to get their perspective," he said.

Noted interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas: "It's like panning for gold. We're going through the sifting process to see if we get some nuggets. Hopefully [the process] will pick up steam [Thursday]."

Bowl officials had their chance to voice their perspective on Tuesday.

"I feel optimistic there is a valid, viable, value-added purpose for the bowls with whatever configuration they come out with," Fiesta Bowl executive director Robert Shelton said. "Whether they come out with a four-team playoff or plus-one, whatever picture they want to use. I feel that way from conversations I've had with commissioners, from the sense in the room."

There was no support from the other conference commissioners four years ago when Slive and ACC commissioner John Swofford proposed a four-team playoff.

"People change. Times change. Tastes change," Slive said. "We want to enhance the regular season by having a postseason that can enhance the regular season. I think people are open to talking about what we were talking about four years ago."

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/os-bcs-meetings-0426-20120425,0,2674190.story

whoman69
04-26-2012, 05:57 PM
Looks like another half assed effort by the BCS. IMO a playoff would need to be 8 teams to be valid. Bowls are not willing to give up their traditional roles. A Rose Bowl as part of the BCS playoff going to generate a ton more money than a traditional matchup of the Pac10/12/Big10/12 when those teams are perhaps not even in the chase for the title.

If you have an 8 team playoff, that's 7 games. You take the big 4 bowls Rose/Sugar/Orange/Fiesta and they have the 2 semi-final games and rotate the championship game. One year out of four they will be a quarterfinal matchup. The other three games can be rotated to other bowls such as the Cotton or Gator bowls. It can't help but help out those bowls.

DaKCMan AP
04-26-2012, 06:00 PM
Looks like another half assed effort by the BCS. IMO a playoff would need to be 8 teams to be valid. Bowls are not willing to give up their traditional roles. A Rose Bowl as part of the BCS playoff going to generate a ton more money than a traditional matchup of the Pac10/12/Big10/12 when those teams are perhaps not even in the chase for the title.

If you have an 8 team playoff, that's 7 games. You take the big 4 bowls Rose/Sugar/Orange/Fiesta and they have the 2 semi-final games and rotate the championship game. One year out of four they will be a quarterfinal matchup. The other three games can be rotated to other bowls such as the Cotton or Gator bowls. It can't help but help out those bowls.

Dude. Look back over the past decade. Nearly every year teams 5-8 do not deserve to be in the discussion for a National Championship.

okcchief
04-26-2012, 06:12 PM
Now there be a huge debate over teams 4,5 and 6. It's better, but they should make it effective 2012.