It’s not quite a done deal. Tampa, Fla., also put in a bid that is being considered. But it’ll be hard to pass up playing the first national title game of the playoff era in the Dallas Cowboys’ state-of-the-art football palace.
“We’re anxiously awaiting their decision and hope that, if given the opportunity, want to make that, want the venue to be appropriate to the first college championship under the new system,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said.
“It’d be a great opportunity for us and one that we would give it everything that we have as an organization to be the best. I’m anxiously awaiting that decision Wednesday.”
The new postseason system will also get a name this week.
“It will be simple,” Hancock said. “It will not be cutesy. And it will be descriptive. I’ve seen too many people make mistakes by trying to be cutesy.”
Also on the agenda will be the selection committee that will pick the final four. The commissioners want a panel similar to the one that picks the field for the NCAA basketball tournament, composed of athletic directors and conference commissioners. They have also talked about having a former media member or two on the committee.
That won’t be finished this week, but Hancock hopes when the commissioners leave southern California, the selection committee will be the only major part of the new postseason plan still hanging.
“I know the commissioners are very interested in moving the needle on it,” he said. “I’m sure it will get a fair amount of discussion.”
AP Sports Writer Schuyler Dixon in Dallas contributed to this report.