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Scott: Summertime before reaching BCS consensus

Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:03 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2012 10:03 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

LOS ANGELES -- Although the most recent BCS meetings wrapped up two weeks ago in Dallas and the NCAA tournament is fast approaching to steal headlines, discussion about the future of the college football postseason continues to bubble to the surface.

Speaking at the league's annual basketball tournament Wednesday evening, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott cautioned that any movement toward a specific postseason proposal would likely be months away from emerging.

"Once we start to get to the point where a consensus is emerging around a model or two, that's when conferences will be asked to kind of officially vote on something," Scott said. "It's a little hard to predict when exactly but it's probably summertime.

"I don't know if there will be a point where our conference declares exactly what it supports until there's a specific proposal in front of us. We're kind of far from that point and there's a lot more work that I need to do and my colleagues from other conferences need to do to narrow options and think of all the implications."

One of the few details to emerge about any new BCS deal over the past few months is that Scott and the Big Ten's Jim Delany prefer that only conference champions to be eligible for any sort of postseason playoff or plus-one. SEC commissioner Mike Slive, speaking to the Birmingham News earlier Wednesday, naturally disagreed with the notion, no surprise considering the all-SEC nature of the national championship game in January.

Approximately 50 proposals different have been presented to decision makers over the past few months and it seems that just about the only thing that anybody can agree upon is that the process will continue to evolve before everybody comes together again.

"It's an iterative process," Scott said. "The concepts will get more specific. I've been in constant contact with our AD's and presidents over the last few months - with our partners at the Rose Bowl in terms of priorities. We're starting to talk about options."

Which ones, exactly, remain to be seen.

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Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 2:44 pm

Scott: Summertime before reaching BCS consensus


1- the system is intact for a time as the old contract is not expired
2- the juggling of conferences is and will be better defined this summer
3- new TV contracts must be hashed out AFTER the players are known
4- Scott, Slive and Delaney have not told the others what they are going to do yet...

Since: Jul 4, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:38 pm

Scott: Summertime before reaching BCS consensus

Why is it all these commisioners can't figure this out?

They all have extensive schooling and have Doctorits or Masters.

All of the lower College Football leagues all have playoff systems. High Schools in many divisions and every state have a playoff system.

Figure it out NCAA Commisioners!!!! 

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:28 am

Scott: Summertime before reaching BCS consensus

The BCS is set until the end of the 2014 season.  No changes will be made until then.  At least not officially.  Let the Commissioners take their time and get it right.  Obviously the SEC is going to be against the "Champions Only" clause, but they are going to lose that argument.  Every other conference will back that up.  The biggest hrudle to overcome seems to be the BCS Bowls.  How will that problem be handled?  Bowl tie-ins, especially the Rose Bowl, which as always been the most profitable BCA Bowl (other than the NC game) are very important to the Big 10, Pac 12, SEC, ACC, and Big 12.  That seems to be the major hang up.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:47 am

Scott: Summertime before reaching BCS consensus

Why is change months away is what I want to know.  For the last couple of months, we've been given off the cuff remarks on this website from various officials across college football about how all recognize that something needs to be done to change the current BCS format.  Thus far the only thing I've seen accomplished is the establishment of a 7-win requirement to become so-called bowl-eleigible.  How does it take to come to consensus after officials repeat that they have learned that change is required.  This is beginning to sound like the halls of Capitol Hill, which takes forever to anything done.  Come on!

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