I exchanged e-mails with Bowl Championship Series executive director Bill Hancock last week for some information on the Mountain West Conference and the process surrounding its potential exemption application to become an automatic qualifying conference to the BCS.
Here is the story that I wrote — Boise State’s door to the Mountain West is closing.
But we also discussed several other factors in the BCS:
• The BCS is currently entering the third year of a four-year evaluation period to determine which conferences will be AQ conferences for the BCS following the 2012 and 2013 regular seasons.
The "Big Six" — ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC — are assured of retaining that status for those years.
However, an overlapping four-year evaluation period begins this year to determine AQ status for the BCS following the 2014 through 2017 regular seasons.
No bowl agreements have been made for those years, but Hancock said the leagues with agreements to specific bowls — ACC (Orange), Big Ten (Rose), Big 12 (Fiesta), Pac-10 (Rose) and SEC (Sugar) — are likely to be exempt from the evaluation. The Big East, however, could be subject to the four-year evaluation, Hancock wrote.
• We also talked money. Here is the Estimated 2010-11 Revenue Distribution:
(based on a non-AQ team qualifying and Notre Dame not playing in a BCS game)
Each AQ conference’s share: $21,170,089
— Each of the “Big Six” receive about as much as the entire non-AQ conferences do.
Non-AQ share (18 percent): $24,723,000
To be split among five non-AQ conferences, including WAC
At-large share: $6 million
Notre Dame share (1/66th): $1,706,470
Each FCS conference: $250,000
Army/Navy: $100,000 each
• Lastly, Hancock had high praise for Boise State.
“Boise State is the Florida State of this decade — thanks to great coaching, talented student-athletes, a strong commitment by the university, and, lastly, thanks in large part to the BCS,” he said.
It's tough to argue. There's no question the Broncos’ two Fiesta Bowl victories have elevated the program’s profile enormously.
Florida State finished in the top 4 in the AP poll each year from 1990 to 1999, winning national championships in 1993 and 1999. That is a remarkable stretch, so Hancock is definitely being complimentary.
Starting in 2002, here are Boise State's final AP ranking:
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