FINAL FOUR FOR NCCA FOOTBALL??

ACC Commissioner John Swofford and SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said Monday morning at an annual meeting of the Football Writers Association of America that they believe a “plus-one” format would have to be seeded. The other possibility of the “plus-one” was considered to be playing an extra game after the BCS title game. Each commissioner also stated that the SEC, ACC, Big East and Big 12 are open to discussing the “plus-one” format. The Big Ten and Pac-10 have been opposed to it. Swofford, who is the incoming BCS chair, said the nature of the 2007 season and its weekly upheaval has motivated his presidents and athletic directors to reconsider a plus-one model. “A lot of people look at it and say … maybe it would be better if more than two teams had the opportunity to play for the national championship,” Swofford said. “There’s a comfort level with what we’re doing today,” Swofford added. “In our conference, there’s much more open-mindedness about the plus-one than there was two years ago. There’s an interest in it … and a willingness to discuss it in full.” Slive, the outgoing BCS chair, said one focal point of discussion will be discerning whether the 2007 season and its parity is an anomaly or “the beginning of something bigger.” “It’s a little bit like turning a big battleship,” Swofford said. Commissioners from all 11 major college football conferences will meet in Miami in April and the plus-one will be a topic. “I think we would be remiss if we didn’t have that discussion in full and play it out and see what the ramifications of it are in great detail,” Swofford said. “To see if there are unintended consequences there. What are the pluses, what are the minuses? Really drill into it so we can have the right kind of information. “Evaluate it in a thorough way and ultimately make a decision. You don’t know unless you have that discussion.” Swofford acknowledged a meeting of No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in a Final Four of football could still leave out a team with a participation argument. Slive acknowledged “logistics” and multiple television agreements will take efforts to work through for the possible format to become a reality. The BCS is in the second of a four-year, $320 million contract with Fox that runs through the 2009 season and 2010 bowls. The BCS will begin negotiating with Fox on another deal in the fall. Fox has exclusive negotiating rights with the BCS. No changes are expected before the 2010 season. Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN. Ivan Maisel is a senior writer for ESPN.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

3 Responses to “FINAL FOUR FOR NCCA FOOTBALL??”


  • It’s about damn time some people came to their senses. I think this would be an awesome way to do it. I really doubt that an eligible #5 team could get left out …but i guess crazier things have happend. I dont think that would happen very often. So this year…how would it have gone down? What poll would they go by? AP? Coaches?
    #1 Ohio State VS #4 UGA –> UGA WINS
    #2 LSU VS Oklahoma –> LSU WINS

    National Champion –> UGA?

    This means a nation championship game with teams from the same conference is possible! No wonder the pac-10 and the big 10 are apposed to it…they know the SEC would dominate the nation even more. The #5 team (this yr) would have been Virginia Tech. I dont think they would have had anything to bitch about since they lost to WV.

    This would be crazy though. Technically, the national championship game could be played 3 times throughout the course of the year. 1 in reg season, SEC champ game, then the nation championship game if the BCS works out like it did this year and the teams dont fall to far back. Crazy.

    Im all for it though.

  • *i meant kansas sorry…not WV

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