- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 29, 2008

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — As they kicked off three days of meetings at an oceanfront resort, the Bowl Championship Series overseers appear to have a better chance of getting a sunburn than making any major changes in the controversial system.

“I continue to sense a certain comfort level, if you will, with the current status of things with the BCS,” BCS coordinator John Swofford said after yesterday’s session. “I think it’s been a pretty stable few years.”

Still, the commissioners of the 11 major college football conferences, along with Notre Dame athletic director Kevin White, will have their most detailed discussions to date of the plus-one model, which could use two bowls as semifinals and another as a national title game, with the four participants seeded.

That conversation will take place tomorrow, with Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive leading it.

“We’ll have a pretty specific discussion about that,” Swofford said. “Up to this point, a lot of it, in some circles, has been somewhat conceptual. At some point it needs to be a reasonably specific discussion and the potential ramifications of what that might be. We’ll get there while we’re here.”

With negotiations on the next television contract set to begin in the fall, there’s pressure to leave South Florida with some sense of what the BCS will look like after the present Fox deal expires in two years.

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