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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: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2011 3:01 pm

Delany makes postseason proposal

Huh? If Georgia win, a 12-1 LSU would still likely go to title game. What are you talking about?

Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:46 pm

Delany makes postseason proposal

All this,  because if Georgia beats LSU in the Conference Championship game, LSU goes to the Capital One Bowl, and the #1 team in the land for most of the season, is out of a BCS bowl! look back i have said all along, conference tie ins are killing CFB post season 

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:36 pm

Delany makes postseason proposal

No, Marinatto had just finished a large bag of Scoops and french onion dip, and sent out for 2 bags of Lays Potato Chips.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:35 pm

Delany makes postseason proposal

so what?.....none of the bowl games mean a thing anyway. They are all meaningless exhibitions  designed solely to line the pockets of people like Delaney  

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:30 pm

Delany makes postseason proposal

This trial balloon floated by the BCS is thinly veiled ploy to further destroy the chances for the Big East to reconstitute itself.  First the "worldwide leader in sports" encourages the ACC to raid the Big East (according to the BC A.D. before he tried to retract his comment) and then the BCS which is controlled by the "worldwide leader in sports" floats this thought just as it looks like the Big East is set to strike a deal with BYU, Boise State and 5 other schools who are basing this decision in part on the assumption that this new  Big East conference would retain its BCS AQ status... These people should be ashamed of themselves.  The Big East is on the verge of transforming into a legitimate conference and the BCS parks a car on the tracks.




Since: Oct 28, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:26 pm

Delany makes postseason proposal

If Delany had his way, we'd all have wagon wheels for tires - and of course, he & his would hold the profits. The rest of the college football Presidents, etc, need to do what's right for the game and remove Delany's opinions from the matter; if he wants to threaten to keep the Big 10/11/whatever out of a playoff, well, let him and see just how long they last on their own! Its certainly not like the rest of college football will miss them, that's for sure.

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:22 pm

Delany makes postseason proposal

Top two teams make the national championship.

Ranks listed below are all teams other than the national champion. The conference champion must play in the #1 slot or the national championship game.

Rose Bowl: Big Ten #1 vs. Pac-12 #1
Sugar Bowl: SEC #1 vs. Big Ten #2
Orange Bowl: ACC #1 vs. SEC #2/3
Capital One Bowl: ACC #2 vs. Big Ten #3
Cotton Bowl: Big 12 #1 vs. SEC #2/3
Fiesta Bowl: Pac-12 #2 vs. Big 12 #2

Jan. 1 schedule:
Early games: Capital One Bowl and Cotton Bowl
Middle games: Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl
Prime time games: Sugar Bowl and Fiesta Bowl

Anyone in the ACC, Big Ten, SEC, Big 12, and Pac-12 object? As for the other conferences, when you can have enough fans that travel to the bowls or eyeballs watching, come talk to the bowls.

This proposal doesn't make sense but it does make CENTS. The current BCS that forces UConn to a western bowl doesn't make sense or cents!

Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:17 pm

Delany makes postseason proposal

While the other commish were talking - was Marinatto sitting there with a paper bag on his head?

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