Execs Agree On College Football Playoff
Execs Agree On College Football Playoff, BCS commissioners reach consensus on a model that would overthrow the sport’s bowl establishment. If the long slog toward a college football playoff were the Tour de France, the only thing left would be the ceremonial victory lap down the Champs-Élysées.The guy in the yellow jersey, sipping champagne as he rides? That would be Mike Slive.
BCS director Bill Hancock was unable to announce the decision but it did not lessen the significance of the endorsement. … This Tour de Playoff has been a tour de force for the SEC commissioner. Four years after his playoff push was rejected by the Big Ten’s Jim Delany and others, Slive has forced change upon a resistant sport.
“I am delighted with the progress,” Slive said Wednesday.
The tough climbs through the BCS mountains largely have gone the way he envisioned. So have the sprints, the time trials and just about every other stage of the grueling journey from bowl system to something better.
That was the logical conclusion Wednesday, when the commissioners of the 11 Division I football conferences appeared together on a podium to say they’re carrying a unified call for change to the last group that needs to sign off on it. They’re taking a seeded, four-team playoff proposal to the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee for its hoped-for approval next week in Washington, D.C.
After 143 years, Tuesday could be the day the bowl establishment is overthrown as the method for selecting a national champion. Set your calendars accordingly.
Specifics of the plan were not publicly discussed Wednesday, as commissioners asked for time to debrief their member schools before discussing the details in the media. But sources told Yahoo! Sports that the plan calls for the “best four” teams to be chosen, likely by a selection committee, with added weight given to conference champions. That’s also a win for Slive, since it does not limit the potential playoff field to only conference champs. At present, the SEC is the most likely conference to have more than one team finish in the top four of whatever ranking system is used.