By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
The leaders of the Bowl Championship Series announced Wednesday that they have reached a consensus for a four-team seeded playoff in college football, which would begin in 2014.
The plan will be submitted to the presidential oversight committee at its meeting Tuesday in Washington, D.C. The presidents also will discuss the plus-one model, which is a single championship game after the bowls are completed. That plan has been pushed by the Big Ten.
The 11 conference commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick did not release any details of the plan. Some important elements of the plan still must be worked out, they said.
ESPN reported that the consensus is for a committee to choose the teams, for conference champs and those who play difficult schedules to get preference and for the semifinals to be played at predetermined bowl sites, rotated from year to year. The championship game is expected to be bidded out to a city, not a bowl.
Here's the statement from the BCS:
“We are excited to be on the threshold of creating a new post-season structure for college football that builds on the great popularity of our sport. We take our responsibility to our universities, our presidents, and to student-athletes seriously and we’re determined to make this great sport even more popular.
“At our meeting with the Presidential Oversight Committee next week, we will present our views so the presidents can make their decisions. On many issues we have achieved widespread consensus; on some issues, important and valuable alternatives have been suggested.
"We have developed a consensus behind a four-team, seeded playoff, while recognizing that the presidents will certainly present their views, including a discussion of a Plus-One. We also discussed various selection methods and look forward to having these discussions with the presidents.
“We are getting very close and we look forward to next week’s meeting. We have already had extensive discussions with our presidents and it remains important to note that all final decisions will be made by the presidents, either at next week’s meeting or at whatever date is appropriate.”