Originally created 01/13/04

BCS leaders still working on title ideas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Leaders of the Bowl Championship Series are looking at several proposals to change the way its national champion is decided, but a new format is far from complete.

"It is still really premature. We haven't zeroed in on one format," Mike Slive, commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, said Monday while attending the NCAA Convention. "All models are on the table."

The BCS took a hit this season when LSU and Southern California were split national champions. LSU won the Sugar Bowl, the BCS' designated title game, while USC won the Rose Bowl and was voted No. 1 in the Associated Press poll.

Among the suggestions are to play one game after the other bowls, which would have matched LSU against USC.

The American Football Coaches Association, which represents the 117 coaches of Division I-A teams, rejected the extra game idea at its meeting last week. The Pac-10 also is against the plan.

Another proposal has the winners of the four BCS bowls playing two more rounds in a mini-playoff.

The commissioners of the six BCS conferences are scheduled to meet in February.


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