KANSAS CITY, Mo. – BCS officials will meet a third time this month as they try to hammer out the coming college football playoff model.
Incoming Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said that he and his peers would meet June 26 in Washington, D.C. That meeting is expected to include the BCS presidential oversight committee that would have to approve the final proposal from the commissioners.
That could signal an end game to the playoff process that has played out this year. There are worse places to be to announce the smoothing over a controversial postseason system. BCS officials have been summoned to the national's capital on more than one occasion to testify before Congressional committees.
The commissioners are already scheduled to meet June 13 and June 20, both in Chicago. Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany told CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy that the playoff model could be decided by June 20.
“There's that chance,” Bowlsby said. “We've been kind of where we are for a while. The gravitation to a four-team playoff has been out there for a while. We haven't been able to come to closure on it.”
Bowlsby said there is room for compromise on that playoff model, but that he didn't consider a plus-one a compromise. The Big 12 (and SEC) favor the top four-ranked teams playing off. The plus-one – a championship game after the bowls – was mentioned recently as a possibility by Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott.
“That's a different model altogether,” Bowlsby said.
That could make things a bit sticky this weekend when Bowlsby attends the Pac-12 spring meetings in San Diego. He'll have a foot in two conferences as the future Big 12 commissioner and current Stanford AD. Bowlsby said he has already been asked to wait in the hall during certain Pac-12 meetings.
“I've quickly become a partner but not necessarily an insider any longer,” he added.