The BCS commissioners met again and they look like they've taken another step toward installing a playoff. Here's the full statement from the 11 commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick:
As part of our continuing discussions about how to decide college football's national champion while maintaining the best regular season in sports, we met today in Dallas. The meeting was constructive and highly detailed.
While no decisions have been made about the overall structure, our talks have entered the "brass tacks" level. For every concept that enjoys broad support, there are a host of intricate details that we're talking through.
For example, if we change the current format, would we play some games on campus or all games on neutral sites? If some games are on campus, is that too much of a competitive advantage? If all games are at neutral sites, would fans be able to travel to two games in a row? How would teams be selected? By a committee, by the current ranking formula, or by a different formula? When exactly would games be scheduled, considering finals, holidays and our desire to avoid mid-January games?
As we discuss the upsides and downsides of our decisions, we are united in our desire to protect our great regular season and honor the bowl tradition, while maintaining the collegiate nature of our sport.
We're making good progress toward our self-imposed goal of making a final recommendation this summer to our governing bodies.
Here's more on Monday's meeting and what it all means.
Like I've said before, it's hard to imagine a four-team playoff not happening now. Discussing specifics is a good sign, too.
Remember: we won't see any changes until after 2014, but I'd say it's safe to get your hopes up about change coming to the game very soon.
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