University presidents meet today to deliberate over BCS playoff
In the nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C., 12 presidents from the 11 BCS conferences and Notre Dame’s Rev. John L. Jenkins will meet Wednesday starting at 3 p.m. ET to possibly rubber stamp the BCS commissioner’s four-team playoff plan which would begin in 2014.
The Presidential Oversight Committee, formed by the NCAA to make sure the universities had the last say in many matters of sport, will also be presented with a plus-one option, mostly to appease those among the commissioners who believe that all options should be presented.
Once again, the 12 members of this committee are:
Charles W. Steger (chair) – President, Virginia Tech
Scott Cowen – President, Tulane University
Rev. John Jenkins – President, University of Notre Dame
Bernie Machen – President, University of Florida
C. L. Max Nikias – President, University of Southern California
Duane Nellis – President, University of Idaho
Harvey Perlman – Chancellor, University of Nebraska
John G. Peters – President, Northern Illinois University
Bill Powers – President, University of Texas
James Ramsey – President, University of Louisville
Gary Ransdell – President, Western Kentucky University
John Welty – President, California State University, Fresno
The 12 commissioners have met twice this month already, during which the group came to a consensus on a variety of details on a possible playoff. The consensus reportedly includes:
- A four-team seeded playoff structure
- Semifinals that would rotate among six bowl games (the four traditional BCS bowls: Fiesta, Rose, Orange and Sugar; and two yet to be determined). The newly formed Champions Bowl and the Cotton Bowl seem likely contenders.
- A title game that would be bid out to cities in advance, apart from traditional bowls
- A selection committee to determine the participants
Beyond these details, not much is finalized or known. Among the remaining questions:
- Who will serve on this selection committee, and will there be term limits for those that do?
- How will the committee choose the teams? Will conference championships be required?
- Will access be ensured for smaller conferences?
- How will revenue be shared among the 11 BCS conferences?
- Will they create a BCS-like ranking system to rank teams?
- When will the games take place? New Year’s Day seems to be the favorite here
The meeting could go well into the night, and could also result in no final decision, extending the playoff debate well into July. The presidents could also approve the four-team playoff plan, but leave the nitty-gritty financial details and possibly semifinal access details until later.
Stay tuned here and @BCSKnowHow for all the latest updates from this very important day in college football.
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