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BCS Talks Continue, Commissioners Announce Presidents Will Have Final Say
Published June 14, 2012
SLOWLY BUT SURELY: In Chicago, Shannon Ryan wrote the group "described their positions as growing ever closer.” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said, “We are reaching consensus slowly but surely on several issues.” Swofford added, “There's a focus, as there has been, on a four-team playoff and trying to find a consensus as to the best way that can work, that our conferences can be comfortable with, that our presidents can consider.” The commissioners “discussed elements of playoff implementation such as how teams will be selected and where games will be played but declined to provide information on their ideas” (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/14). Scott said the university presidents will “have options -- plural” to consider when they meet in a couple of weeks (AP, 6/13). In Chicago, Brian Hamilton writes this is “another lurch forward in BCS talks, another confirmation of forthcoming independence days.” The BCS talks “likely will end with a four-team playoff” (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/14).
MONEY TALKS: SI.com’s Andy Staples wrote the commissioners “talked money on Wednesday, as in how they'll split the revenue from the new postseason system.” They would not “even broach the thorny topic of revenue sharing if they didn't believe they could reach a consensus on the other details.” Staples wrote “no single league can block the playoff steamroller.” One league “will get shamed into line,” and two leagues “might be able to stem the tide, but that's unlikely” (SI.com, 6/13). In Austin, Kirk Bohls writes several criteria “are absolutely essential to this process getting off the ground.” Bohls: “Transparency. Inclusion. …The consumer has to know how the new system of picking the four teams works. There can be no man behind the curtain. Or even worse, a computer behind the curtain” (AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 6/14).
BCS PRESIDENTIAL OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
|Notre Dame||John Jenkins|
|Northern Illinois||John Peters|
|Western Kentucky||Gary Ransdell|
|Virginia Tech||Charles Steger|
|Fresno State||John Welty|