Meet the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee
The BCS commissioners support a four-team playoff, but the model must be approved by the Presidential Oversight Committee.
After hundreds of hours discussing the future of the postseason, the BCS conference commissioners emerged from Wednesday's meeting in Chicago after developing a consensus behind a four-team seeded playoff.
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CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy reported that the model preferred by the commissioners involves a selection committee choosing the "best four teams," with an emphasis on conference champions. However, that will not be the only model presented to the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.
While the commissioners seem to be standing together (finally), Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany did say other models would be discussed. Ultimately the decision for the future of college football's postseason will be made by this BCS Presidential Oversight Committee.
Here is a quick run down of that committee:
- Scott Cowen - President, Tulane University
- Rev. John Jenkins - President, University of Notre Dame
- Bernie Machen - President, University of Florida
- Max Nikias - President, University of Southern California
- Duane Nellis - President, University of Idaho
- Harvey Perlman - Chancellor, University of Nebraska
- John G. Peters - President, Northern Illinois University
- Bill Powers - President, University of Texas
- James Ramsey - President, University of Louisville
- Gary Ransdell - President, Western Kentucky University
- Charles W. Steger (chair) - President, Virginia Tech
- John Welty - President, Fresno State
Each of the FBS conferences, and Notre Dame, will have a voice in the decision.
Two of the more prominent of those voices in the room could belong to the SEC's and Big Ten's representatives, Machen and Perlman--and they could get raised at one point. Machen has stated publicly that his conference would not compromise on a four-team playoff including the top-four teams, while Perlman has been arguably the nation's most vocal advocate for a plus-one and the preservation of the current Rose Bowl status quo.
The current belief is that the plus-one will be discussed purely as a courtesy to Perlman and other Pac-12/Big Ten backers of the proposal, but until the final verdict from the presidents, questions will linger--and not just "Will they approve the playoff?" For instance, if a selection committee is going to be the process for choosing the four teams, then who sits on the committee? How do you guarantee that conference champions are "emphasized?"
These questions will hopefully be answered by the 12 committee members above. Then it will be long wait for college football fans until the 2014 season and our first BCS playoff.
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