By Brian Murphy
The Mountain West and Conference USA have not contacted the Bowl Championship Series about the ramifications of a potential merger, BCS executive director Bill Hancock told the Idaho Statesman on Tuesday.
The leagues are discussing a football-only “federation,” according to MW commissioner Craig Thompson. Neither league as an automatic berth in the Bowl Championship Series at this point.
“The commissioner group has not talked about it at all,” Hancock said.
Hancock also outlined the process by which the Mountain West could submit a waiver for AQ status.
If the league meets the qualifications for requesting a waiver — which the Mountain West is expected to do — then the 12 members of the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee will vote. The Mountain West needs nine yes votes to receive AQ status for the 2012 and 2013 regular seasons and subsequent postseasons.
The Big East received a waiver for the 2008 and 2009 regular seasons. Hancock said that vote was unanimous with all eight members of the committee at that time voting in favor of the league.
Hancock said the Mountain West would likely submit its application for a waiver soon after the 2011 season and the Presidential Oversight Committee is expected to vote in December.
“I would think we would stick with that same timetable,” Hancock said.
All 11 FBS conferences have a representative on the board as does Notre Dame. Boise State President Bob Kustra is the Mountain West representative. Idaho President Duane Nellis is the WAC representative.
Hancock said the conference commissioners will meet in the first quarter of 2012 to discuss the format of postseason football after the current BCS contract ends. The contract runs through the 2013 regular season and its postseason.
“The commissioners will decide what format works best,” Hancock said. “The process will be thoughtful and deliberate. It will not play well on Twitter.”
He said the BCS has the ability to wait until the conference realignment shuffle currently playing out is finished before making any decisions.
“It’s halftime. We have the luxury of waiting until the game is over,” Hancock said.
The other members of the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee:
Graham Spanier, chairman (Penn State)
Scott Cowen (Tulane)
John Jenkins (Notre Dame)
Mark Nordenberg (Pittsburgh)
John Peters (Northern Illinois)
Bill Powers (Texas)
Gary Ransdell (Western Kentucky)
Max Nikas (USC)
Charles Stiger (Virginia Tech)
Robert Witt (Alabama)
With Pittsburgh and, perhaps, Texas changing conferences, it could lead to different members being added to the committee.
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