BCS officials reject playoff

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. --- There will be no playoff for the BCS anytime soon.


Bowl Championship Series officials rejected a plan Wednesday to turn the controversial system for deciding a national champion into a four-team playoff.

"After a very thorough, very good discussion among the group, we have decided that, because we feel at this time the BCS is in an unprecedented state of health, we feel it's never been healthier during its first decade," Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford said.

Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive presented a plan to the other league commissioners for a plus-one format, which would give four teams the opportunity to play for the national title, rather than two.

"I'm not unhappy," Slive said. "There's no such thing as standing pat. I think we've done a service.

"I can't say I'm surprised."

The announcement to drop the plus-one talk for the near future was no surprise. Coming into these meetings, it seemed to be at best a long shot to gain enough support for it to remain an option for the next BCS TV contract cycle.

The Big Ten and Pac-10 have been dead set against the plus-one. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen have said repeatedly that they're concerned the four-team playoff that the plus-one creates would inevitably grow. Also, they believe their league's access to the Rose Bowl, already compromised by simply being involved with the BCS, could be further hindered by a plus-one.

Slive, Swofford, Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese and Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe had all said they were in favor of taking a serious look at the plus-one.



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