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Slive, motivated by what happened to Auburn, proposed a “plus-one” in 2008, which would have changed the BCS to a four-team playoff. It was shot down, but it was the beginning of the end.

Wetzel’s book came out in 2010 and it challenged everything about the BCS from how it picked the teams to where the money went.

“Very few people understood the whole system,” he said.

More and more the questioning of the BCS was coming from people who were ostensibly a part of the system.

“That’s when I knew the thing was doomed,” Wetzel said.

With momentum building for change, the last crack that made the BCS crumble came after the 2012 season, when the national championship game matched two SEC teams: Alabama vs. LSU in New Orleans.

The commissioners met a day after the game and started constructing a four-team playoff.

Hancock said the leap from the old bowl system to the BCS was far greater and more difficult than the move from BCS to playoff.

“The culture was already there,” he said.

And now that the BCS is about to be laid to rest, as with any funeral, the last word should be something nice about the departed.

“Although it was heavily criticized and misunderstood,” said Hancock, “the BCS did everything it was intended to do and then some.”

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