Commissioners from the BCS conferences, as well as Notre Dame, released the following statement today after two days of meetings at the Grand Hyatt DFW to discuss the future of college football's post-season. No proposals were taken off the table, commissioners said after today's meeting, and the group will meet again March 26, also at DFW. Commissioners said they need to have a final plan in place, preferably by Oct. 1, to take into negotiations about the next round of BCS contacts.
Below is today's statement from the 11 BCS Commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick:
In an effort to grow college football's great popularity and success, we just completed two days of productive meetings in Dallas, Texas.
We have until the fall of this year to finalize any possible changes to our current structure. That's when contractual obligations require us to begin negotiations with our telev...ision carrier for future coverage decisions. We have a self-imposed deadline of sometime this summer to decide what changes we will propose to our governing bodies for football's post-season. It's still early in our process and we will continue to meet with our conferences and review options.
Whatever we do, we want to protect college football's regular season which is the best and most meaningful in sports. We want to preserve the great bowl tradition while making it better and more attractive. We also have heard the message about playing bowl games closer to or on January 1, the way it used to be.
As we proceed, we will evaluate the many pros and cons of numerous possible changes. Every idea has exciting up sides, as well as complicated consequences. From the realities of the calendar to the issues presented in terms of venues such as who hosts games, we have tremendous responsibilities and opportunities.
The bottom line is we will continue to talk about how to make a great sport even better for student-athletes, fans and everyone who loves college football.
_ Jimmy Burch