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HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (AP) - When Bowl Championship Series officials leave the beachside hotel where they’ve gathered to hammer out the future of college football’s postseason, they want to have the choices narrowed down to two or three.
The 11 conference commissioners and Notre Dame’s athletic director met Wednesday for about eight hours to discuss overhauling how a champion is determined and possibly implementing a four-team playoff. It was the fourth such gathering this year. They reconvene Thursday and BCS executive director Bill Hancock said they all agreed it’s time to start crossing items off the list.
“I think that’s what everyone wants to do. Get down to two, maybe three,” he said. “I think we’re making good progress on that. I think we’re going to make it.”
One thing is clear: “The status quo is off the table,” Hancock said. Though he cautiously added they have not ruled out making over the current system that guarantees only a No. 1 vs. No. 2 championship game.
But all signs point toward that being unlikely, and that by the 2014 season the BCS as fans have known it will be gone.
“I would say there is an expectation that there will be significant change,” Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said.
Delany and his fellow commissioners arrived in south Florida with four options to discuss, but much of the focus has been on a four-team playoff with two national semifinals and a title game.
That model comes with many variables, such as where the games will be played, how the teams will be picked and how the bowls fit in _ if they do at all. The role of the bowls represents a potential obstacle. Specifically, the Rose Bowl.
On Tuesday, bowl executives from the Sugar, Orange, Fiesta and Rose met with the conference commissioners to give their input and answer some questions about how their games could work in a new postseason system.
An option being discussed could force those traditional bowls to give up holding their games in years in which they host a semifinal or championship game. That could mean a year without a Rose Bowl, which has been played every year since 1916 _ most of those games matching the champions of the Big Ten and Pac-12.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 don’t just play in the Rose Bowl, they’re partners with the game. Delany and Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott have made it clear that protecting that lucrative partnership is a priority.
“I just want to make sure that the changes that we make are evolutionary,” Delany said. “That they support the regular season. That they’re from a Rose Bowl perspective, that they sustain that tradition. That we’re also able to produce something that the public appreciates and supports.
“You want to control change. You want to have evolution, not revolution because you don’t know that the unintended consequences will be.”
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