What realistic change would you like to see come out of the BCS meetings?

April 21, 2010

Banging playoff drum

Desmond Conner

Hartford Courant

Would love to see a decision to take a thorough look at instituting a playoff system in college football.

Not holding my breath, though.

Realistically, would like to see Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany stop the madness that has captivated the college football world, make a call, well, make calls to the schools his league likes for expansion. Get on with it so the rest of college football can get on with what it has to do. When a conference gets built up, another one gets torn down and must figure a way back in the game. That, in this case, would be the Big East. I would like to see change in the Big Ten that includes 14 teams, with Rutgers, Connecticut and Syracuse coming in from the Big East.

If the Big Ten becomes a 14-16 team "super" or "mega" conference, and there are a couple more of those, then a playoff system would have to be close. Wouldn't it?

dconner@tribune.com

Delany's game plan

By Andrea Adelson

Orlando Sentinel

What change comes out of the BCS meetings? How about a playoff? Oh wait, the word realistic is in the question. Scrap that.

Though it is not a topic on the official agenda, conference expansion is all that matters. Though it is unrealistic to expect the entire expansion issue to be decided among the conference commissioners in Scottsdale, Ariz., Big Ten honcho Jim Delany could throw down the gauntlet and inform everybody his league plans on growing. What happens with the Big Ten will impact every other conference in America.

This is just the beginning of the process. Not much will be different when the meetings end, simply because the Big Ten still must meet with its constituents, decide on a final plan and reel in its future teams before anything can be done. Then the change will really begin.

aadelson@tribune.com

Good time to plan ahead

Chris Dufresne

Los Angeles Times

Despite the buzz about expansion, don't be shocked if nothing gets resolved at this week's BCS meetings. "News" is the last thing the commissioners want to unleash.

So what can happen at the BCS meetings? Here's something: With USC's football future now resting in front of the NCAA Infractions Committee, this might be a good time for the BCS to formulate a plan to deal with a team possibly having used an ineligible player in a BCS title victory. That player might be Reggie Bush, and the season was 2004, when USC defeated Oklahoma 55-19 in the Orange Bowl. There is presently, far as we know, no BCS mechanism to deal with this. The BCS runs college football, not the NCAA, so there is no NCAA title for the NCAA to possibly strip. USC won the BCS trophy, which is awarded by the USA Today coaches' poll. Can USA Today revoke USC's title?

The BCS basically decided years ago not to deal with the Bush scenario until it had to, and soon it may have to.

cdufresne@tribune.com

Big Ten's magic number

Teddy Greenstein

Chicago Tribune

Previous BCS meetings have brought chatter about Plus-One playoff systems, double-hosting bowl models and TV contracts. This time around, with ESPN set to take over the big-money bowl games for four years, there's peace on the BCS horizon.

The same cannot be said for the conferences bracing for Big Ten expansion. Those commissioners will be squirming until Big Ten boss Jim Delany proceeds. Let's hope that happens this week.

In an ideal world, we'd leave the Valley knowing which schools the Big Ten plans to contact — and especially whether Notre Dame remains in the mix. At the very least, let's hope we'll be able to confidently answer this multiple-choice question:

The Big Ten wants to have ______ schools: a) 11; b) 12; c) 14; d) 16; e) none of the above.

tgreenstein@tribune.com

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