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University presidents approve college football playoff system

By Ralph D. Russo

AP College Football Writer


WASHINGTON >> The best way to determine a major college football champion seemed so obvious to so many for so long. Just have a playoff.

Now the people in charge of making that decision are on board, too.

Come 2014, the BCS is out. Playoffs are in.

A committee of university presidents approved a plan Tuesday for a four-team playoff put forward by commissioners of the top football conferences.

For years, the decision-makers had balked at any type of playoff because they said it would diminish the importance of the regular season. If only two teams had a chance to win a championship in the postseason, even one loss could be too many. That made for some high stakes regular-season matchups. As recently as 2008, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive proposed the type of plan adopted Tuesday, and it was quickly shot down.

Four years later, minds changed.

"It's a great day for college football," BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock said. "As soon as the commissioners realized they could do this and protect the regular season, the light went on for everybody."

The move completes a six-month process for the commissioners, who have been working on a new way to determine a major college football champ after years of griping from fans. The latest configuration is certain to make even more money for the schools than the old system — and it still won't satisfy everyone. Some will think it's too small and, yes, there are some who liked things just the way they are.

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Valleyisle57 wrote:
The BCS is dead???? Yeah right! What they failed to say is that the 1through 4 teams in the country are still going to be chosen subjectively. Believe me, you will not see a team like Boise St. in the top 4 even if they are undefeated! What a joke!!
on June 26,2012 | 12:57PM
Tanabe wrote:
This is even worse than the BCS. The only teams that will compete will come from former BCS Automatic Beth teams. Plus the two semi-final bowls are rotated with 6 "chosen" bowl locations. All bowls should be allowed to bid for the semi-final and final games. Just a case of the rich getting richer. On a side note, I bet Boise and TCU wishes they stayed in the Mountain West now. This pretty much kills the Big East.
on June 26,2012 | 02:19PM
blackmurano wrote:
I may have killded the Big East, but according to today's report, the Mountain West Conference is out of the running. It is disappointed again to see the Elite Conference Commissioners dictating where Collge football future is whlle leaving out the MWC and other non eliete conference. So what happens in the future if Hawaii took the MWC champion, will the committe consider the Warriors for the playoffs???
on June 26,2012 | 02:49PM
Descartes22 wrote:
The only way to include programs outside the incestuous alliance controlling college football is to play one more week with an 8 team playoff system. This way it will be more difficult to snub deserving teams from conferences outside the brotherhood. There is no justifiable reason to narrow the determination of a national champion to 4 teams. All of the other college football divisions have an 8 team playoff system. This "new" solution only perpetuates the gap between the haves and have nots - sort of like the fiscal policies of the GOP.
on June 26,2012 | 03:26PM
WarriORduck wrote:
IMO 4 teams are more than enough to decide a playoff, for now. When we start to see a consistent pattern of top teams left out of the picture we'll see the field expand. Selection committee is fine by me, I'd rather have more human input than computer calculations any day. Humans can be reasonable. Lol But we as Warrior Nation can also look up to this new system as it is possible for mid-major to finally crack it big. Put it this way, undefeated TCU and BSU teams that played in BCS games in past years avg. ranking in final week standing? Hmmm...No.4... it's doable. But than again humans will have the final say.. It's a start..
on June 26,2012 | 05:04PM
Valleyisle57 wrote:
Its not going to happen! As I said earlier, its subjective. The people calling the shots will NOT come from mid major schools. They will come from the schools with HUGE football budgets and influence from high contributing supporters. You will alwyas see the same schools going to this tournament.
on June 26,2012 | 08:44PM
Valleyisle57 wrote:
I see a lot of defections from the current NCAA. If teams are n so called weaker confereneces are never going to make this so called playoff, then why even bother competing in such a joke of atheletics. What may take place is that the same teams will always be in this playoff and the majority will just say screw it and do their own thing. Who cares if you see different national champions anyway!!
on June 26,2012 | 08:39PM
amela wrote:
What they should do is if 2 teams from the same conference makes it to the final 4, half of the payout should be divivded among the other schools in the top 25. This should help a little for those not even considered. Sounds fair?
on June 28,2012 | 08:44AM
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