The Mountain West will request an exemption from the Bowl Championship Series for the next two seasons. If accepted the exemption would give the Mountain West champion an automatic spot in the BCS after the 2012 and 2013 regular seasons. The Mountain West met performance thresholds to request the waiver.
The BCS Presidential Oversight Committee will vote on the exemption. The committee has 12 members, one president or chancellor from each of the 11 FBS conferences and Notre Dame's president. The Mountain West needs nine votes from the committee.
BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock said there is no timetable for a decision. "It's going to be a matter of getting the oversight committee together. I can't speculate on when that may be," he said.
The BCS granted a waiver to the Big East for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.
Boise State President Bob Kustra was a member of the committee, but he has been replaced by the Mountain West since the Broncos will be leaving the league for the Big East in 2013.
Idaho President Duane Nellis is the WAC representative on the Presidential Oversight Committee. The committee does not have a chairman. Penn State President Graham Spanier served in that role before being fired by the school and removed for the committee.
The Mountain West qualified for a waiver by:
1. Finishing among the top five FBS conferences in Average Ranking of Highest-Ranked Team; and
2. Finishing among the top seven FBS conferences in Average Conference Ranking; and
3. Having its Top 25 Performance Ranking be equal to or greater than 33.3 percent of the conference with the highest Top 25 Performance Ranking, the SEC.
BCS Presidential Oversight Committee
Scott Cowen - President, Tulane University
Judy Genshaft - President, University of South Florida
Rev. John Jenkins - President, University of Notre Dame
Max Nikias - President, University of Southern California
Duane Nellis - President, University of Idaho
Harvey Perlman - Chancellor, University of Nebraska
John G. Peters - President, Northern Illinois University
Bill Powers - President, University of Texas
Gary Ransdell - President, Western Kentucky University
David Schmidly - President, University of New Mexico
Charles W. Steger - President, Virginia Tech
Robert Witt - President, University of Alabama
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