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SBD/January 9, 2013/Colleges
Dates, Rotation Of BCS Playoff Games Released; Two Seasons Will End Jan. 13
Published January 9, 2013
PARTNERS IN TIME: Hancock said, "It was not a one-year decision, it had to be a 12-year decision. Calendar issues, days of rest. Sugar and Rose were paired together because of the days of rest since they are playing the same day." The AP's Ralph Russo noted the earliest the championship game will be played "is Monday, Jan. 7, 2019" (AP, 1/8). In Baton Rouge, Scott Rabalais notes unlike in the current BCS format, the playoff championship game "will not follow a set rotation but will be awarded on bids much like the Super Bowl." Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan said that he "has told his staff to expect to host the championship twice in that 12-year span as a guide" (Baton Rouge ADVOCATE, 1/9). Hoolahan said, "We’re excited to be at the outset of the new playoffs and chosen to be the first guys to present the semifinals. But it’s not going to change the way we do business by any stretch." In New Orleans, Trey Iles writes what put the Sugar in the top tier for the next 12 years was "winning the Champions Bowl bid, a partnership with the SEC and Big 12, in November." The Sugar Bowl by receiving that bid "gained automatic access to the new playoff format" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 1/9).