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SBD/June 26, 2012/Colleges
Presidential Oversight Committee Meets Today For First Football Playoff Talks
Published June 26, 2012
LONG ROAD AHEAD: ESPN.com's Joe Schad noted members of the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee “have been asked to block their schedules" until 10pm ET today to have “extra time to discuss and possibly approve" the proposed four-team college football playoff. The 11 BCS Commissioners and Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick will “present their consensus plan for a playoff starting with the 2014 season” today in DC. Originally, the presidents “were told the meeting would last from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.” but a source said the "plan is to stay until it gets done." A member of the committee said that the plan is “for a 12-year format cycle that would incorporate six bowls as part of a rotation that saw two bowls host national semifinals every three years.” The plan also calls for “national semifinals on Dec. 31 or Jan. 1” with the national championship game being “held on a Monday with at least one week in between.” The potential lateness of the title game “is one topic presidents plan to discuss” (ESPN.com, 6/25).
STEP BY STEP: The AP’s Ralph Russo wrote whether approval “will come quickly or the presidents will mull it over, maybe toss it back for tweaks, is unknown.” The commissioners have been “careful not to get too far out in front of the presidents when publicly talking about a playoff” (AP, 6/25). Schad said, "They just want to walk away from (today's) meeting in unison, in agreement, just like the commissioners were in the recent meeting in Chicago, ‘We’re all on-board with this four-team playoff. We’re ready to move forward. Perhaps there will be some unforeseen negative ramifications, but if there are we’re willing to accept that because this is too good, we’ve waited too long. We need to move together’” (“College Football Live,” ESPN, 6/25).
BCS PRESIDENTIAL OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
|Notre Dame||John Jenkins|
|Northern Illinois||John Peters|
|Western Kentucky||Gary Ransdell|
|Virginia Tech||Charles Steger|
|Fresno State||John Welty|
PICKING WHO PICKS: Former Univ. of Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer said of the selection committee, “I would think they'd need some coaches. You're going to have administrators, athletic directors. But I'd think you'd need the voices of some coaches in there” (OKLAHOMAN, 6/26). ESPN.com’s Ivan Maisel writes of selecting the committee, “Let’s not make this complicated. Pick commissioners and athletic directors … and trust their integrity” (ESPN.com, 6/26).