SEC commissioner says BCS format won't change soon

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mike Slive helped propose the plus-one plan to find a national champion in football and says actual change remains a couple years away even if everyone can agree on changes to the Bowl Championship Series.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive said the current BCS format won't change for at least a couple of years.  MARK HUMPHREY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
MARK HUMPHREY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
SEC commissioner Mike Slive said the current BCS format won't change for at least a couple of years.

The Southeastern Confer­ence commissioner said Wednesday a decision could be made later this year but cautioned it’s premature to speculate on what changes might be made. He says they need time to sit down and analyze plans with discussions needed among the conferences.

“Really a lot of this discussion is premature, and I want to respect the process that we’re in,” Slive told members of the Nashville Sports Council during a question-and-answer session. “We’ve had four-year formats since we started. We’ve done it on the basis of four years, so each four-year period you have to sit down and decide what format is going to be going forward. So we have decided to sit down and talk about this from every different side.”

Slive said they started discussions the day after Alabama beat Louisiana State University for the SEC’s sixth consecutive national championship in January with another meeting scheduled later this month.

Slive said there will be several meetings on the topic after he saw no interest from his colleagues or other conferences in pursuing a four-team playoff to decide the BCS championship back in 2008.

The format of pairing four teams playing two semifinals plus the title game was proposed by Slive and the commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference only to be shot down by leaders of the Big Ten, Pac-10, Big East, Big 12 and Notre Dame.

Now the Big Ten is expressing interest in changes.

Slive shot down talk of any further expansion. The SEC added Texas A&M and Missouri as the league’s 13th and 14th members with the 2012 football schedules released only a few weeks ago, and conference officials have many more details to handle.

“We’re at 14,” the commissioner said. “It’s going to take us time to absorb.”

NEW DIVISIONS

EAST

• Florida Gators

• Georgia Bulldogs

• Kentucky Wildcats

• Missouri Tigers

• South Carolina Gamecocks

• Tennessee Volunteers

• Vanderbilt Commodores

WEST

• Alabama Crimson Tide

• Arkansas Razorbacks

• Auburn Tigers

• Louisiana State University Tigers

• Mississippi Rebels

• Mississippi State Bulldogs

• Texas A&M Aggies

Source: www.secsports.com

2012 SEC FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Conference Games Only

Team-By-Team

ALABAMA

Sept. 15: at Arkansas

Sept. 29: OLE MISS

Oct. 13: at Missouri

Oct. 20: at Tennessee

Oct. 27: MISSISSIPPI STATE

Nov. 3: at LSU

Nov. 10: TEXAS A&M

Nov. 24: AUBURN

ARKANSAS

Sept. 15: ALABAMA

Sept. 29: vs. Texas A&M

Oct. 6: at Auburn

Oct. 13: KENTUCKY

Oct. 27: OLE MISS

Nov. 10: at South Carolina

Nov. 17: at Mississippi State

Nov. 24: LSU

AUBURN

Sept. 8: at Mississippi State

Sept. 22: LSU

Oct. 6: ARKANSAS

Oct. 13: at Ole Miss

Oct. 20: at Vanderbilt

Oct. 27: TEXAS A&M

Nov. 10: GEORGIA

Nov. 24: at Alabama

FLORIDA

Sept. 8: at Texas A&M

Sept. 15: at Tennessee

Sept. 22: KENTUCKY

Oct. 6: LSU

Oct. 13: at Vanderbilt

Oct. 20: SOUTH CAROLINA

Oct. 27: vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)

Nov. 3: MISSOURI

GEORGIA

Sept. 8: at Missouri

Sept. 22: VANDERBILT

Sept. 29: TENNESSEE

Oct. 6: at South Carolina

Oct. 20: at Kentucky

Oct. 27: vs. Florida (Jacksonville)

Nov. 3: OLE MISS

Nov. 10: at Auburn

KENTUCKY

Sept. 22: at Florida

Sept. 29: SOUTH CAROLINA

Oct. 6: MISSISSIPPI STATE

Oct. 13: at Arkansas

Oct. 20: GEORGIA

Oct. 27: at Missouri

Nov. 3: VANDERBILT

Nov. 24: at Tennessee

LSU

Sept. 22: at Auburn

Oct. 6: at Florida

Oct. 13: SOUTH CAROLINA

Oct. 20: at Texas A&M

Nov. 3: ALABAMA

Nov. 10: MISSISSIPPI STATE

Nov. 17: OLE MISS

Nov. 24: at Arkansas

OLE MISS

Sept. 29: at Alabama

Oct. 6: TEXAS A&M

Oct. 13: AUBURN

Oct. 27: at Arkansas

Nov. 3: at Georgia

Nov. 10: VANDERBILT

Nov. 17: at LSU

Nov. 24: MISSISSIPPI STATE

MISSISSIPPI STATE

Sept. 8: AUBURN

Oct. 6: at Kentucky

Oct. 13: TENNESSEE

Oct. 27: at Alabama

Nov. 3: TEXAS A&M

Nov. 10: at LSU

Nov. 17: ARKANSAS

Nov. 24: at Ole Miss

MISSOURI

Sept. 8: GEORGIA

Sept. 22: at South Carolina

Oct. 6: VANDERBILT

Oct. 13: ALABAMA

Oct. 27: KENTUCKY

Nov. 3: at Florida

Nov. 10: at Tennessee

Nov. 24: at Texas A&M

SOUTH CAROLINA

Aug. 30: at Vanderbilt

Sept. 22: MISSOURI

Sept. 29: at Kentucky

Oct. 6: GEORGIA

Oct. 13: at LSU

Oct. 20: at Florida

Oct. 27: TENNESSEE

Nov. 10: ARKANSAS

TENNESSEE

Sept. 15: FLORIDA

Sept. 29: at Georgia

Oct. 13: at Mississippi State

Oct. 20: ALABAMA

Oct. 27: at South Carolina

Nov. 10: MISSOURI

Nov. 17: at Vanderbilt

Nov. 24: KENTUCKY

TEXAS A&M

Sept. 8: FLORIDA

Sept. 29: vs. Arkansas

Oct. 6: at Ole Miss

Oct. 20: LSU

Oct. 27: at Auburn

Nov. 3: at Mississippi State

Nov. 10: at Alabama

Nov. 24: MISSOURI

VANDERBILT

Aug. 30: SOUTH CAROLINA

Sept. 22: at Georgia

Oct. 6: at Missouri

Oct. 13: FLORIDA

Oct. 20: AUBURN

Nov. 3: at Kentucky

Nov. 10: at Ole Miss

Nov. 17: TENNESSEE


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