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Also on Wednesday, NCAA President Mark Emmert scheduled a Thursday conference call in which he planned to discuss possible changes to the standards for licensing bowl games.

Hancock said the BCS welcome’s Emmert’s initiative.

“We want to make sure bowls are held to highest standards just like the NCAA does,” Hancock said. “I would think that more oversight in general would be good for college football.”

Meanwhile, conference commissioners dealt with several other matters, including how bowl game scheduling could be affected by the NFL’s labor uncertainty and how to improve the credibility of its computer rankings.

If the NFL season is delayed, that could affect scheduling of all BCS games except the Rose Bowl, which does not have an NFL tenant.

The BCS championship currently is scheduled for Jan. 9, 2012, with the Sugar Bowl being played a week earlier on either Jan. 2 or 3, the Orange Bowl being played on Jan. 3 or 4, and the Fiesta Bowl being played on Jan. 4 or 5. However, NFL teams in New Orleans, Arizona and Miami all have home games in the last week of the season, which is currently scheduled to end on Jan. 1. If the season is delayed by a week or two, the Jan. 2 and 9 dates could have Monday Night Football games.

Hancock said the BCS is looking at Jan. 7 or 10 as other possible national title dates.

As for the six computer ranking systems that help determine the BCS standings, Hancock said operators of each agreed to a “peer review” setup in which they would double check each other’s scores.

The aim is to prevent further data entry errors such as one that occurred last season when the result of a game was omitted.

The individual operators had resisted sharing any data in the past for fear of compromising proprietary rights to their formulas, but agreed to review scores after BCS officials expressed deep disappointment with last season’s error.

“This time, they understand they all need to be involved,” Hancock said. “They need to not let us down again.”

One matter not on the BCS agenda was how to handle BYU’s decision to become an independent. Hancock said that for now, BYU will have the same ability to earn a bid to a BCS bowl as the other two “non-Notre Dame” independents, Army and Navy, which must be 14th or higher in the BCS standings to qualify for an at-large bid.

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