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  • Pac-12 Leaders Propose College Football Playoff System To Replace BCS

    Pac-12 agrees to BCS alternative, but wants to keep Rose Bowl's elite status intact

    Pac-12 leaders "agreed in principle Saturday to try to end college football's Bowl Championship Series, proposing its replacement with a playoff system that would allow only conference winners to play for college football's national title," according to Craig Harris of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. Oregon State President and Pac-12 Universities' CEO Group Chair Edward Ray said, "I don't hear anyone saying business as usual is acceptable. We need change." Presidents and chancellors of the Pac-12 schools "discussed the future of the BCS on Saturday behind closed doors at a hotel adjacent to Staples Center" in L.A. Ray and Arizona State President Michael Crow said that the BCS "should be replaced by a playoff system that may or may not include current BCS bowl members," including the Fiesta Bowl. However, Pac-12 chief execs "want to protect the iconic Rose Bowl's status as an elite postseason game in which only representatives from the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences play." The execs also "do not want to extend the college-football season." Ray and Crow said that a "final recommendation likely will occur in the executives' early June meeting in San Diego" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 3/11).

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