Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:03 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2012 10:03 pm

Scott: Summertime before reaching BCS consensus

Posted by Bryan Fischer

LOS ANGELES -- Although the most recent BCS meetings wrapped up two weeks ago in Dallas and the NCAA tournament is fast approaching to steal headlines, discussion about the future of the college football postseason continues to bubble to the surface.

Speaking at the league's annual basketball tournament Wednesday evening, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott cautioned that any movement toward a specific postseason proposal would likely be months away from emerging.

"Once we start to get to the point where a consensus is emerging around a model or two, that's when conferences will be asked to kind of officially vote on something," Scott said. "It's a little hard to predict when exactly but it's probably summertime.

"I don't know if there will be a point where our conference declares exactly what it supports until there's a specific proposal in front of us. We're kind of far from that point and there's a lot more work that I need to do and my colleagues from other conferences need to do to narrow options and think of all the implications."

One of the few details to emerge about any new BCS deal over the past few months is that Scott and the Big Ten's Jim Delany prefer that only conference champions to be eligible for any sort of postseason playoff or plus-one. SEC commissioner Mike Slive, speaking to the Birmingham News earlier Wednesday, naturally disagreed with the notion, no surprise considering the all-SEC nature of the national championship game in January.

Approximately 50 proposals different have been presented to decision makers over the past few months and it seems that just about the only thing that anybody can agree upon is that the process will continue to evolve before everybody comes together again.

"It's an iterative process," Scott said. "The concepts will get more specific. I've been in constant contact with our AD's and presidents over the last few months - with our partners at the Rose Bowl in terms of priorities. We're starting to talk about options."

Which ones, exactly, remain to be seen.

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Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:35 pm

VIDEO: Brett McMurphy talks playoff system

Posted by Chip Patterson

CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy and Dennis Dodd have been reporting from the BCS meetings this week in Dallas, as many of the decision-makers in college football debate the best postseason format for the sport.

The 11 conference commissioners, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, two BCS officials and a BCS attorney have begun discussing the possibility of a plus-one format to determine the BCS National Champion. The current BCS contract ends after the 2013-14 season, allowing for a new format beginning with the 2014 regular season.

On Friday, Brett McMurphy joined Tim Brando to discuss the momentum behind the BCS plus-one format.

For more from Brett on the BCS meetings, check out his blog, McMurphy's Law.

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Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:41 pm

Jim Delany is here to crush your dreams

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Lost in the madness that is conference realignment talk was a report on Friday night that the athletic directors of the Pac-12 and Big Ten took a straw poll and were in favor of the BCS adopting a plus one system. The proposed system would add a fifth BCS bowl, and the top four teams in the BCS rankings would partake in a mini-playoff to determine the national champion.

Well, before you playoff supporters go about throwing a party in the streets, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany wanted to make sure he showed up at your little shindig to dump a bucket of cold water over your heads. Delany told the Chicago Tribune on Saturday morning that any reports of the Big Ten being in favor of a plus one system is "erroneus."

“To describe the ADs as supportive, I would call that erroneous,” Delany told the Chicago Tribune.

“I’m not going to go into the guts of the meeting and where our ADs are or are not. I can just tell you they are happy with the Rose Bowl and happy with the status quo.”

What this means for the report, I'm not entirely sure. I have a hard time believing that it came from no where, but it should be pointed out that there were no Big Ten athletic directors quoted in the original story. Still, there's also a quote from Bill Hancock, the executive director of the BCS, in the story where he says that the topic was discussed.

Which leads me to question whether or not Delany is being completely forthright in his quote. 
Posted on: August 12, 2011 11:00 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2011 11:04 pm

Could the BCS add a "plus one?"

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Over the last few days rumblings of great change in the world of college football have spread throughout the country as we are once again on the precipice of conference-ageddon. However, the big changes that may be in store for the future aren't limited to the alignment of conferences.

A report in the Seattle Times on Friday says that the athletic directors of the schools in the Big Ten and Pac-12 took a straw poll, and they would be in favor of altering the current BCS system.

Those alterations?

Bringing in a fifth BCS bowl game -- likely the Cotton Bowl -- and then moving to a "plus one" format in which the top four teams in the BCS rankings would partake in a mini-playoff of sorts.

The semifinals would take place in two of the BCS bowl games on a rotating basis with the winners moving on to the national championship game.

"They just haven't talked about the future as a group" BCS executive director Bill Hancock told The Seattle Times. "The intent is to do that after they (conference commissioners) evaluate the feelings on campus.

"My sense is that they're going to be open to anything that will make it better, short of an NFL-style playoff, as long as they stick with their principles — maintaining the bowl system and remembering that these are college athletes." 

Now this isn't the first time that such a plan has been hatched, as both the ACC and SEC proposed a similar format in 2008 and didn't get much support from the other four BCS conferences. Still, considering that the Big Ten and Pac-12 are now on board with the idea, unless the ACC and SEC have changed their minds, this idea may have more traction this time around.

Of course, going to a plus one would not solve every problem in the college football postseason, and it would likely create new ones. Travel concerns for the teams advancing to the title game and lengthening the season are just some of the concerns that will be brought up. Still, the fact that it seems like both sides of the playoff debate seem to be working on a compromise is a good indication for all involved.

Even if it does just mean that the argument will turn from "this team deserved to be ranked in the top two" to "this team deserved to be ranked in the top four."
Posted on: August 11, 2011 7:50 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2011 7:51 pm

Playoff not discussed at NCAA meetings

Posted by Bryan Fischer

NCAA leaders announced sweeping reforms on Wednesday following two days worth of meetings with university presidents at the association's headquarters in Indianapolis.

Everything from full cost of attendance scholarships to overhauling the enforcement structure was discussed but there was one topic that failed to make the agenda: a college football playoff.

Oregon State president Ed Ray, who is the chairman of the NCAA's Executive Committee, told CBSSports.com Thursday that the idea of an NCAA-run playoff was mostly idle chatter for a select few presidents between sessions.

"That may have been a side conversation but it wasn't part of the formal conversation at all," Ray said. "It just never came up."

NCAA President Mark Emmert has said in the past that the NCAA does a fine job of running championships but, in the case of Football Bowl Subdivision, the general membership has not shown any interest in moving towards that format in the near future. Emmert responded to a Department of Justice inquiry in May by saying that there was no direction from the membership to do so. Ray confirmed that there was no sense that the organization was moving towards a playoff based on conversations this week.

"We weren't even focusing on it," he said. "There were obviously issues that were more germane to some than others. It really was a general discussion about what are the financial realities, how can we manage our costs more effectively and how can we make sure, within our budgets, we can do everything we can to be supportive of the student-athletes. They were the most important thing to us."

When the longtime administrator was asked if there was at least a building consensus behind the idea of exploring a playoff, he reiterated that the presidents were focused on more pressing matters in college athletics this week.

"I didn't hear any discussion of that," Ray said. "I couldn't even begin to guess where that (issue) is. It just didn't come up."

Posted on: October 27, 2010 12:21 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2010 12:22 pm

Doug Flutie talks playoff, Boise State and more

Former Heisman trophy winner Doug Flutie joined Adam Aizer and J. Darin Darst yesterday to talk about many of the hot topics in college football.

Flutie is promoting the Capital One Cup, which is awarded annually to each of the top men's and women's Division I college athletics programs in the country, but he had time to discuss the college football season, Boise State, the Heisman and of course, a playoff system.

Flutie thinks a playoff will eventually come, but feels the Rose Bowl is the "thorn in the side" to the playoff talk. He also feels if Boise State is undefeated it deserves a shot in the national title game.

Listen to the interview here:

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