BCS and Plus One format: It’s academic
GREENSBORO, Ga. — If anyone knows about the BCS format, where it’s headed and what the powers that be think of it, it’s ACC commissioner John Swofford, who was BCS coordinator from 2000-’01 and currently holds the position again.
There seems to be a very simple overriding explanation as to why the Plus One format for the BCS championship failed to get anywhere this spring when it was last discussed seriously — the university presidents don’t want to implement any system that crosses into the second semester.
At Tuesday morning’s breakfast/news conference with Swofford, who was at the April BCS meetings in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., one of the points he brought up is exactly how the BCS committee works.
As most of you probably know, the committee is comprised of 11 conference commissioners and the Notre Dame athletic director. While they’re all very immersed in the subject and have their own opinions, they’re also representing their respective schools, their presidents and athletic directors.
Swofford and SEC commissioner Mike Slive thought this thing was ready to roll. As Swofford explained Tuesday, the university presidents had other intentions. (That’s not to say there weren’t other people opposed to this plan, but if there’s going to be a roadblock, the guys at the top of the academic food chain will be it).