Postseason changes by this summer?

February, 22, 2012
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BCS powers that be -- read: AQ conference commissioners -- have been meeting in Dallas this week, and potential changes to the postseason have been -- you might have heard -- a hot topic.

The bottom line: While we appear closer to something resembling a playoff than ever before, no major changes will be announced this week.

Still, the BCS commissioners did self-impose a summer deadline for announcing changes -- if any -- to the present system.

Here's the entire news release:
Statement by the eleven BCS Commissioners and the Notre Dame Athletics Director

In an effort to grow college football's great popularity and success, we just completed two days of productive meetings in Dallas, Texas.

We have until the fall of this year to finalize any possible changes to our current structure. That's when contractual obligations require us to begin negotiations with our television carrier for future coverage decisions. We have a self-imposed deadline of sometime this summer to decide what changes we will propose to our governing bodies for football's post-season. It's still early in our process and we will continue to meet with our conferences and review options.

Whatever we do, we want to protect college football's regular season which is the best and most meaningful in sports. We want to preserve the great bowl tradition while making it better and more attractive. We also have heard the message about playing bowl games closer to or on January 1, the way it used to be.

As we proceed, we will evaluate the many pros and cons of numerous possible changes. Every idea has exciting up sides, as well as complicated consequences. From the realities of the calendar to the issues presented in terms of venues such as who hosts games, we have tremendous responsibilities and opportunities.

The bottom line is we will continue to talk about how to make a great sport even better for student-athletes, fans and everyone who loves college football.

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