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DALLAS -- The sites for college football's first national semifinals have been announced. The first championship game site is all but a certainty. The six bowls that will rotate as hosts for the national semifinals are a foregone conclusion.
But the biggest unknown, and perhaps the most controversial decision remaining, concerning college football's impending four-team playoff is simply this--who will select the teams each year, and how will they be selected? The BCS commissioners got closer to answering that question following their latest meeting Thursday at the Grand Hyatt Regency Dallas-Fort Worth.
"If you don't get that right (how and who), it's hard to get the rest of it right," Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. "There are a lot of business elements, but generally speaking, you've got to get the competition aspects of it right for it to be 'right.' That's the biggest thing."
BCS executive director Bill Hancock said the selection committee would consist of between 14-20 members, including at least one individual representing each of the 10 FBS conferences.
The committee will resemble the NCAA men's basketball tournament's selection committee, except there will be a great deal more pressure and scrutiny on the football committee determining which four teams can compete for the national title.
The commissioners next meet April 23-25 in Pasadena, Calif. At that time, they are expected to officially announce Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas--the site of the AT&T Cotton Bowl--as the site of the first title game on Jan. 12, 2015. ESPN previously reported Cowboys Stadium is the "prohibitive favorite" to host the national title game.
The BCS announced last month the Rose and Sugar Bowls will host college football's first national semifinals on Jan. 1, 2015. The Orange Bowl is also in the semifinal rotation.
BCS executive director Bill Hancock said the selection committee would consist of between 14-20 members, including at least one individual representing each of the 10 BCS conferences.
Wow at this quote: "There are a lot of business elements, but generally speaking, you've got to get the competition aspects of it right for it to be 'right.' That's the biggest thing."
Really? Can schools for one second NOT put making heaps of money first and everything else, like competition, second? Great, we'll be seeing justifications for schools getting into the playoff based on how much money they bring in while other better teams get left out because they don't make as much money for those greedy bastards.
There is no doubt Mike Slive has hidden motives in this. He sees it as an opportunity to put two sec teams consistently in the championship game
If.two.teams.get in from the same conference they should be required to play in.the first round
I'd agree with this, but it won't work out that way. I would imagine they will be ranked 1-4 where 1 plays 4 and 2 plays 3. So technically the odds are better that the one conference team won't be opposite of the other.
I'd just like to see the media bias kept out of it, but with the preseason rankings, thats probably impossible.
Great idea. This would definitely throw slive into a tail spin.
This is exactly why all those who have been clamoring for a playoff will be sorry in the long run...
Just the simple fact the BCS has anything at all to do with the playoffs is enough for me to hear....The sole purpose for most everyone open to the idea of a playoff in the 1st place was to eliminate the BCS once and for all...
Now it sounds like they'll have just as much control over this as ever!
We thought it was bad before? Just wait....
This has cluster fu_k written all over it!
I would like to add to the "six" sites to host the title game. All of those stadiums are in mainly warmer climates, let's go play some football in the cold weather and see how those SEC teams fair when it's 17 outside and snowing.....kind of like football used to be played.
you can pay the piper, but you can not buy his soul.
I think this whole process was expedited by the Alabama-LSU BCS championship game. We will see what actually happens once this new system is implemented, but IMO the NCAA members do not want to see teams from the same conference playing in the championship and the new format is being designed to prevent it.
If half or more of the selection committee are representatives from each of the 10 FBS conferences I seriously doubt those people are going to support multiple teams from the same conference in the playoff.
Remember the NCAA is a governing body and makes almost all its money from the mens basketball tournament; it gets very little from the BCS and bowl games. It is the conferences and individual schools that get the big payouts from the BCS and bowl games. Those groups have no vested interest in funneling all the money from the BCS into the SEC and that is one reason this all happened so fast after being avoided for so long.
The Alabama-LSU game showed the rest of the division I conferences they could no longer trust polls run by sports writers and assistant coaches to spread the money around and they acted accordingly.
Man I hope you're 100% right!!
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