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Delany makes postseason proposal

Posted on: November 18, 2011 1:48 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2011 9:46 am

The source of one college football postseason idea pitched this week shouldn’t be surprising.

According to a person in the room at Monday’s BCS meeting, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany pitched a model whereby only the No. 1 and No. 2 teams would be matched in the postseason. That would basically eliminate the other BCS bowl tie-ins in the 14-year-old system.

The proposal essentially is a roll back to the old Bowl Alliance that was in effect from 1995-97. On its face, the proposal seemingly benefits the Big Ten, SEC, Big 12 and Pac-12 the most.

The Big Ten could not immediately confirm Delany as the source of the idea since the commissioner was traveling on Friday. However, another source in the room at the San Francisco meeting said the idea stood out among several that day because it was “new.” The source would not confirm the model came from Delany.

Using Delany’s idea, the relationship with the current BCS bowls – Orange, Fiesta, Sugar and Rose – would end. At the beginning of the season all schools would have an equal chance to get into the championship game. Supposedly, some kind of rating system would be used to rank teams.

Below that championship game, schools and bowls would be free to arrange their own deals. In the old Bowl Alliance, the champions of the ACC, Big East, Big Eight, SEC and Southwest conferences, along with an at-large team, were matched in the Fiesta, Sugar and Orange bowls. The Rose, Big Ten and Pac-10 did not participate at the time.  The uniqueness of the Alliance was that there were no conference tie-ins to particular bowls.

BCS commissioners began saying in December that they might go back to the old bowl system if pushed by non-BCS schools.  

There were other ideas Monday during what was termed a preliminary meeting meant for informal proposals. Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson weighed in. Thompson was already on record with his 16-team playoff proposal. reported last week there was growing support to get rid of automatic qualifiers in the BCS. One result of that could be a top 10, 12, or 14 ranking that would have to be attained to get into a BCS bowl.

Delany’s idea would reflect the elimination of automatic qualifiers. The so-called “AQs” are the champions of the Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, SEC, Pac-12 and SEC. Notre Dame and champions of lesser conferences can currently qualifier for BCS bowls if they meet a set of benchmarks.

Delany’s particular model doesn’t address an age-old BCS problem: What about No. 3 and below, the teams that get left out? The commissioners discussed legal concerns that could emerge from that situation according to a source.

Also, if automatic qualifiers are eliminated, it would seem there would have to be some kind of access for non-AQs. Teams from non-BCS leagues – MAC, WAC, Conference USA, Sun Belt, Mountain West – have enjoyed improved access to BCS bowls since 2003. During that time the success of schools such as Boise State, Utah and TCU developed into David-vs.-Goliath stories that captured the nation’s attention.

There is also the significant issue of revenue distribution. 

It’s a good bet that under Delany’s plan, the Rose Bowl would be “protected”. In other words, the bowl would have access to the champions of the Big Ten and Pac-12 each year unless one or both schools were involved in the championship game.

Because the ACC and Big East have struggled to be nationally relevant in recent years, Delany’s proposal would directly benefit the Pac-12, SEC, Big Ten and Big 12. Teams from those four conferences have played in some combination in the last eight BCS title games.

It can’t be stressed enough the preliminary nature of Monday’s meeting. After discussing various models at the 1 ½-hour meeting, commissioners were to go back to their conferences to present them with their schools.  One source called it “process and procedure.”

The commissioners meet again in person Jan. 10 in New Orleans, the day after the BCS title game. It is at that meeting and subsequent ones that a clearer view of college football’s postseason going forward will begin to emerge. The commissioners must develop a postseason model to present to ESPN during its exclusive negotiating window that begins in October. If ESPN passes during those negotiations, then the model would go out to bid.

The current BCS model is in effect through the 2014 bowls. 


Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 5:13 pm

Delany makes postseason proposal

This move by the BCS will hasten the end of independence when they no longer get admission to the hen house for nothing (i.e. finishing the season unranked and still getting $1.3mm from the BCS)

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 5:10 pm

Delany makes postseason proposal

It's a good idea because there are no conferences other than the Big Ten, SEC, Big 12, and Pac 12

Yes, and this makes sure that it ALWAYS stays this way. 

College football has always been about change.  There are teams in conferences like the Big 10 that were once relevant, but haven't been relevant in years. Meanwhile, there are teams outside of these conferences that have risen through the ranks and are now household names (Boise State), and others that were once relevant and are now becoming relevant again (Houston, SMU).  This proposal would basically say "Screw you folks, if you aren't here now, then you'll never get here."

This is all about closing ranks, protecting themselves, and excluding any other schools and conferences they view as possible threats. The last thing they want is to see more schools like Boise State, Houston, TCU, etc coming along.

Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 4:55 pm

Delany makes postseason proposal

Delany is looking out for just one thing, the Big Ten and to a lesser extent the Rose Bowl and Pac-12 and will screw everyone else. He does not care what is best for football in general, he will do what is best for the Big Ten and if means screwing everyone else, so be it.

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 4:52 pm

Delany makes postseason proposal

Here's an idea.  Seed and playoff the champions of each conference.  You have to win your conference championship to be in the playoff.  If you do not like the seeding philosophy then blind draw the playoff format.  It leaves Notre Dame out but oh well.

Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 4:42 pm

Delany makes postseason proposal

Delany can go screw himself. Nothing fair about that. And Notre Dame can go screw themselves twice. It's a joke how they are given the yellow brick road.  Want a system,.. go back to the way it was "pre-BCS" until a real playoff sytem is implimented.  

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2011 4:11 pm

Delany makes postseason proposal

Another proposal by Delany that will be rejected by the NCAA schools. The last one I remember had him wanting guaranteed spots in the CWS for northern schools, i.e. Big Ten schools.
I can't see the Big 12 schools agreeing to anything Delany proposes.

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2011 3:36 pm

Delany makes postseason proposal

Really Another complicated system that does not give us a real champion. Why is everyone so scared to just line them up and play a true championship game. Just make a playoff already. Stop coming up with these dumb rating systems let them win it on the field.

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 3:20 pm

Delany makes postseason proposal

It's a good idea because there are no conferences other than the Big Ten, SEC, Big 12, and Pac 12; the rest are "wanta be's."

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 3:19 pm

Delany makes postseason proposal

The NCAA is so out of touch with the real world. They remind me of the united nations. Get a clue and do a playoff. The TV money a playoff would bring in is insane. And I got news for you idiots the other bowl games already mean nothing.

Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2011 3:17 pm

Delany makes postseason proposal

Georgia, would win SEC championship, and would automaticly get a BCS bowl (Sugar) LSU would fall behind Alabama, and because each conference is only allowed two teams in BCS bowls, a team with one loss gets left out! I know its crazy!  

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