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BCS discusses MWC proposal but takes no action

Published April 21, 2009 11:19 pm

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Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson went into this week's Bowl Championship Series meetings just hoping to hear other conference commissioners discuss the league's proposal for an eight-team college football playoff and other changes to the BCS.

And that's about all he got on Tuesday in the second day of the three-day conference in Pasadena, Calif.

The 11 conference comissioners and Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame's athletic director, spent about 90 minutes talking about the MWC's proposal. They didn't dismiss the plan outright, according to a report in USA Today , but instead referred the issue back to conferences and university presidents until the BCS meets again June 15-19 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Javan Hedlund, MWC associate commissioner for communications, said earlier Tuesday that although the proposal was on the agenda, the conference was not sure if commissioners would spend any time at all on it.

Thompson said earlier this week that he has become a magnet for suggestions since the MWC presented its ideas to change college football's postseason in March.

"I'm getting three to five unsolicited playoff plans from people every day -- from commissioners, presidents, coaches, athletic directors," Thompson told USA Today.

The commissioner said he was not disappointed with Tuesday's discussion.

But there appears to be little interest among the others to make changes to the current BCS format, and the BCS has negotiated a deal to keep the current format and have it televised by ESPN from January 2011 to January 2014.

The only member of the BCS group that didn't sign the TV deal was the MWC.

Thompson suggested on Tuesday evening that the MWC will probably eventually sign the agreement.

"The whole intent is just to get people talking about potential changes in the future," he told USA Today . "I think that's being accomplished."

BCS coordinator John Swofford, commissioner of the ACC, said last week that he didn't know how much time would be devoted to the MWC proposal, which was made after Utah went undefeated last season but did not qualify for the BCS title game.

The MWC's proposal asks for the rankings that determine who plays in the title game be decided by a committee.

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