BCS officials reject playoff

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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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brimisjoshan 05/01/08 - 05:13 am
It all comes down to money.

It all comes down to money. The plus one makes sense for a playoff and is totally fair. But because they have a some bowl games that would not be as exciting and have more trouble selling tickets then they oppose the playoff system. I think it stinks and we will always have disputes over who really is number 1!

patriciathomas 05/01/08 - 05:22 am
I agree brimisjoshan, but

I agree brimisjoshan, but from a slightly different perspective. Sure it's all about the money, but the endless disagreement about #1 will give arguing room for many schools and continue to promote interest in college football. All of the pressure will remain on the BCS committee. While I'd prefer the plus one system, I can live without it.

S.C. Dawg
S.C. Dawg 05/01/08 - 08:48 am
The SEC would welcome this

The SEC would welcome this because the quality of schedule every year eliminates many of the teams that could feasibly vie for the title. The Big 10 seldom has more than 1 team of this caliber, and since this decision gives them a better shot at it (this is why Ohio State will most likely be in the title game again next year) they are in favor of it. If the best two teams in the country are from the same conference, under the current system, they would never have a chance meet for the championship. Personally, I am sick of seeing Ohio State, who plays a bunch of nobodys, play in the title game. This decision is their ticket back. The BCS IS A FARCE.

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