NCF Nation: 120626 BCS meetings

Presenting the five greatest documents in American history:

1. The Declaration of Independence.

2. The United States Constitution.

3. The Bill of Rights.

4. The 14th Amendment.

5. The just-announced college football playoff agreement.

I know what you're thinking: This is ridiculous. Why is the new 12-year playoff agreement ranked so low?

And you're right, of course. Sure, the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness thing is nice enough, but only the new agreement guarantees a four-team seeded playoff.

This is a momentous day in the history of college football. And thanks to Tuesday's final ratifying vote by the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee, a manageable, logical and lonnnnnnnng-overdue playoff system makes the traveling squad in 2014.

For Gene Wojciechowski's full column, click here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Bowl Championship Series was given its death sentence Tuesday, and the jury that sent it to its grave deliberated for less than three hours.

That's how bad college football's current system for determining its national champion really is.

If only the presidents and conference commissioners could bury the BCS before 2014.

Even the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee, which includes 12 university presidents and chancellors and was expected to deliberate long into the night, realized college sports' most important postseason needed to be overhauled. Until now, the presidents have liked the idea of a playoff about as much as budget cuts

After receiving a unanimous recommendation for a seeded, four-team playoff from the sport's conference commissioners and Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick, the presidents didn't need very long to give it their stamp of approval.

For Mark Schlabach's full column, click here.

Video: Post-BCS meeting analysis

June, 26, 2012

Heather Dinich and Joe Schad discuss the four-team playoff system.

Video: ACC's Swofford on four-team playoff

June, 26, 2012

Heather Dinich talks to ACC commissioner John Swofford about the approval of a four-team playoff for college football.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A four-team playoff for college football has been formally approved by a presidential oversight committee, a dramatic change for the sport that will begin in 2014. The four teams will be chosen by a selection committee, and the semifinals will be held at current bowl sites and the national championship game will be awarded to the highest bidder.

Click here to read more about the new college playoff system.

BCS meeting update

June, 26, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The FBS conference commissioners have apparently finished presenting their four-team playoff proposal to members of the presidential oversight committee, but they have moved into another meeting room across the hall for continued discussions.

The group just took its first quick break here since the meeting began at 3 p.m. ET, but one of the conference commissioners said it could take a while before they finish. So far, nobody has been willing to talk to the media, but a briefing is expected once the meetings conclude here at the Dupont Circle Hotel.

BCS meetings: All the talk is on playoffs

June, 26, 2012

Heather Dinich and Mark Schlabach examine what we can expect from Tuesday evening's BCS meeting in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C . -- About a dozen reporters gathered in the lobby at the Dupont Circle Hotel as conference commissioners and members of the presidential oversight committee filed into a small boardroom to determine the future of college football.

A brief hello from Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott and a handshake from ACC commissioner John Swofford were about all the interaction with the media. The men walked briskly through the small crowd of cameras and into the meeting room where the conference commissioners will present a four-team playoff proposal to university presidents.

With the exception of the small crowd of reporters, there was little fanfare surrounding the meeting that could change college football as we know it. It's expected to be a lengthy meeting, but the door is closed to the public. Even the conference commissioners are going to be expected to leave the room when the presidents discuss the proposal. Stay tuned for updates.

BCS presidents meeting primer

June, 25, 2012

The BCS presidential oversight committee meets Tuesday afternoon in Washington, D.C., to discuss college football's future postseason. The 12 presidents will hear from the FBS commissioners who last week endorsed a seeded four-team playoff beginning in 2014, which would have semifinals at bowl sites and bid out the championship game nationally. The commissioners are expected to present multiple models and discuss the evolution of their discussion, which came to a head last week in Chicago. Although the commissioners are unified, they’ve made it clear the presidents have the final say here.

The oversight committee begins its meetings at 3 p.m. ET, and, although initially scheduled to last four hours, the session likely will last well into Tuesday night.

To get you prepared for a long day and night, here's a primer in question-and-answer form:

What action will the presidents take Tuesday?

It's likely they'll approve the four-team playoff model endorsed by the commissioners. has learned that the two most evolved elements of the playoff are the basic four-team model and the use of a selection committee to determine the four teams. Two elements that still must be discussed further and likely won't be resolved Tuesday: understanding playoff access and revenue distribution. Although there's an agreement in principle among the commissioners for how the revenue should be divided, the presidents want to have a thorough discussion on this topic.

What elements unified the commissioners in Chicago?

The two big ones were the selection committee and having the semifinals played inside the bowl system. Commissioners who have chaired the NCAA men's basketball tournament selection committee -- such as the SEC's Mike Slive, the Big Ten's Jim Delany and the Big 12's Bob Bowlsby -- strongly advocated for a committee, and others, such as the Pac-12's Larry Scott, warmed up to the idea. They see the committee as more transparent, more rational and having fewer conflicts of interest than the current polls used in the BCS formula.

The commissioners emerged from their April meetings in Hollywood, Fla., with two models: a four-team playoff inside the bowls and a four-team playoff at neutral sites outside the bowls. has learned that three leagues -- the SEC, Big 12 and Conference USA -- advocated neutral sites for semifinal games, which likely would bring in more revenue but devalue the top bowl games. The Big Ten and Pac-12 didn't want to see the Rose Bowl drop down several notches (think NIT) and endanger the other bowls. This was a deal-breaker, and it eventually pushed the group toward an inside-the-bowls model.

How will the model work inside the bowls and with access?

It's very likely that five or six bowls, not just the four BCS bowls, will be part of the playoff structure. There will be the familiar four -- Rose, Sugar, Orange and Fiesta -- as well as one or two yet-to-be-determined bowls (Cotton, Capital One, etc.). Although the commissioners spent a lot of time discussing an anchor plan in which the No. 1 and No. 2 playoff participants would play at regional sites, they determined it would be too difficult because of television sponsorships, ticket distribution and other factors. So the semifinal games will be predetermined and will rotate among the bowls. For example, if the TV contract is for 12 years and the rotation includes six bowls, each site could host a semifinal four times.

The selection committee could end up selecting participants for more than just the four-team playoff, especially because the additional bowls will provide access for champions from smaller conferences. The same guidelines applied to selecting the playoff participants – strength of schedule, valuing conference championships -- also will be used to determine who appears in some of the additional bowls. For example, if the Mountain West champion and the Big Ten's No. 2 team have comparable profiles, including strength of schedule, and are ranked 12th and 13th, the Mountain West champion likely would get the nod to a big bowl because of its championship.

Although there will be access for smaller-conference champions, the bowls that have contracts with certain leagues will continue to feature teams from those leagues. If the Rose Bowl isn't a national semifinal and loses the Pac-12 and/or Big Ten champion to a semifinal game, the replacement or replacements will be Pac-12 and Big Ten teams. The only way the Rose Bowl will feature teams not from the Big Ten or Pac-12 is if it's a semifinal.

How much traction does the plus-one model have?

None. It will be discussed Tuesday because the presidents want to look at multiple models, but everyone is so far down the road toward a four-team playoff that it's highly unlikely anyone heading that way will turn back. Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman, a playoff opponent who prefers the status quo and a plus-one over a four-team playoff -- as do the Big Ten colleagues he represents and some Pac-12 presidents -- will have his say, but he also understands where this is headed. Perlman realizes he can't be Mr. Davis in "12 Angry Men" and sway everyone else in the room.

How would the selection committee operate?

The group will have certain guidelines for selection, such as valuing strength of schedule and conference championships. There are no hard-and-fast rules, but these guidelines will help break ties. Expect the committee to be about 15 members and to meet throughout the season. It's unclear who will serve on it, although former coaches as well as school and league administrators are the likeliest candidates.

According to a source, the committee could reveal a poll midway through the season to let the public know where things stand with certain teams. Such a poll likely would debut around the time the initial BCS standings do (Week 8 or so).

When would the playoffs take place?

The five or six bowls in the playoff rotation likely will take place around Jan. 1. The Rose Bowl will keep its traditional New Year's Day afternoon time slot, whether or not it's a national semifinal. A new contract for the Rose Bowl is expected this week and will last through the 2026 game. The Rose Bowl contract always has been completed before the BCS contract.

We could end up seeing three of the bowls take place Dec. 31 and the other three, including the Rose, on Jan. 1. The championship game then would take place about 10 days later.

Colleagues Mark Schlabach and Heather Dinich will be in D.C. for the presidential oversight committee meeting, so be sure to check in with throughout Tuesday afternoon and night.