Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Proposed BCS Plan Does Have Its Critics

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Proposed BCS Plan Does Have Its Critics

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CHICAGO -- In the days after college football moved closer than ever to a four-team national championship playoff, one university president charged with approving the plan this week in Washington said he would have to be convinced such an idea was good for the sport.

Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman, the Big Ten's representative on the Bowl Championship Series Presidential Oversight Committee, said Thursday afternoon he was "disappointed" with the consensus reached Wednesday by commissioners from every major BCS conference and Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick.

When the Big Ten emerged from its conference meetings last month, the league's presidents ranked their preferences for the future of the college football postseason, with a desire to keep the status quo of the BCS at the top of the list. Their second choice, Perlman said, was to adopt a plus-one format that would pit two teams in a national championship game following the conclusion of the bowl season.

If those two options weren't viable, only then were the Big Ten presidents interested in looking into a seeded playoff system.

"I don't like the idea of a four-team playoff," Perlman said. "I'm certainly open to hearing what ?the commissioners? believe to be the best for the game. Personally, without that, I still think a plus-one, properly structured, would be better for college football, for fan interest and for bowls."

The commissioners will present their case for a four-team playoff when the 12-member BCS Presidential Oversight Committee meets in Washington Tuesday. Before the playoff can be adopted, the committee must approve the plan.

Perlman believes a plus-one model would serve the sport better because there would be more games each postseason that could implicate the national championship. "I'd rather have five exciting games instead of two exciting games," he said. …

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