Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

BCS as We Know It May Be Going Away

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

BCS as We Know It May Be Going Away

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The Bowl Championship Series as college football fans have come to know it is going away.

Over the next six months, the people who oversee the much- maligned postseason format will talk about how to reconstruct the system for crowning a national champion.

In the tumultuous 14-year history of the BCS, the appetite for change among college football's leaders has never been stronger.

"It's my impression that ... there will be meaningful discussion about possible changes to the BCS," SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said last week.

The 11 conference commissioners and Notre Dame's athletic director will meet today in New Orleans to exchange ideas.

What the changes will be is hard to say because it's all open for debate, from eliminating automatic bids to top-tier bowl games to creating a four-team playoff -- an idea that's known as the plus- one model.

What's not a realistic option is exactly what many football fans are clamoring for, a full-scale playoff that would require numerous teams to play additional games.

"Whatever we do we have to protect the regular season," BCS executive director Bill Hancock said at a meeting of the Football Writers Association of America. "I think the larger the playoff field the more damage to the regular season."

Still, there is likely to be a BCS extreme makeover in the 2014 season.

"Everything you can imagine will be discussed," Hancock said. "Everything from format, who plays who, to where they play, to the business aspect of it ... it's all on the table."

The last time changes were considered was 2008. That's when Slive, with the support of ACC commissioner John Swofford, made a push for the plus-one model to the rest of the group.


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