Penn State's Spanier to chair BCS group

Penn State president Graham Spanier has been named chairman of the BCS presidential oversight committee.

Coincidentally, Spanier replaces his new Big Ten colleague Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman as chairman. According to a news release, the oversight committee "manages the BCS with particular focus on policy, format, revenue distribution, and contractual obligations."

"The BCS system enjoys strong support from the Presidential Oversight Committee, and Dr. Spanier is the perfect person to lead the committee," BCS executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement. "He knows that college football is thriving because it has the best season anywhere, delivers the national championship game, and preserves the appeal and pageantry of the bowl system."

Spanier is a founding member of the BCS Oversight Committee and has represented the Big Ten since its inception. He also has served as the chairman of the Big Ten's Council of Presidents/Chancellors.