College football is inching toward change.
The 11 conference commissioners and Notre Dame met in Dallas on Monday to discuss different solutions — which almost exclusively revolve around a playoff — as a new way to determine college football's national champion.
An email, sent out by the BCS on Monday afternoon, said no decision had been made but that "our talks have entered the 'brass tacks' level."
For every concept that enjoys broad support, there are a host of intricate details that we're talking through.
For example, if we change the current format, would we play some games on campus or all games on neutral sites? If some games are on campus, is that too much of a competitive advantage? If all games are at neutral sites, would fans be able to travel to two games in a row? How would teams be selected? By a committee, by the current ranking formula, or by a different formula? When exactly would games be scheduled, considering finals, holidays and our desire to avoid mid-January games?
As we discuss the upsides and downsides of our decisions, we are united in our desire to protect our great regular season and honor the bowl tradition, while maintaining the collegiate nature of our sport.
We're making good progress toward our self-imposed goal of making a final recommendation this summer to our governing bodies.
That's some exciting news. Instead of speculating about what college football might look like in a couple years, we might actually have an iron-clad solution that we can all then complain about, ridicule and try to redo.
Hey, at least it's progress in the right direction and by that I mean away from the current BCS format.
- College football