The management committee, which is made up of the 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, will ask the presidents and chancellors of the CFP board to “allow the solicitation of comments” and “begin evaluations. feasibility of any new format. “
“It’s an information process,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, one of four members of the task force that drafted the proposal. “Four of us were at one place. Now I think there are 11 of us there. Now, we’re going to talk to the presidents and see if we can get them to come to this place. “
If the board supports the proposal, it would be a green light for the commissioners to continue working on the details throughout the summer before reporting in September.
The two-day meetings in Chicago were an important step in expanding the field beyond its current four-team format, but those in the room warned there would be no definitive conclusions on when and how that could happen until this fall at the earliest.
“It’s a huge company with dozens and dozens of moving parts, and it won’t be a quick process,” Bowlsby said. “It’ll be at least [this] fall before we have the necessary conversations and the information we need to make informed decisions. “
The proposal was drafted after two years of research by a subcommittee of Bowlsby, Swarbrick, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey and Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson. The meetings in Chicago were the first time the entire management committee was able to discuss the details in person.
Swarbrick joined the meetings on Thursday but did not attend on Friday because he was not feeling well, according to CFP executive director Bill Hancock.
The proposal does not include guarantees for the conference champions. Instead, he asks that the range include the six top-ranked conference champions as well as the remaining six top-ranked teams, as determined by the CFP selection committee. There would be no limit on the number of participants in a conference.
“The good news is that everyone on this conference committee is supporting the expansion,” said new Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff, who will take office on July 1 and has attended meetings with the commissioner. current Larry Scott. “So we’re all aligned on this. The good news for me to address this for the first time is that the starting point for everyone’s discussions is what’s best for student-athletes and what’s best for the game. ”
After the meeting, Scott issued a statement saying the Pac-12 supported the expansion of the PSC. But he also showed that some details have yet to be worked out, as he added that all Power 5 conference champions should be guaranteed a playoff spot.
The general feeling in the room on Friday was that the 10 FBS commissioners supported the rationale for the proposal but needed more time to gather feedback from university presidents, athletic directors, coaches and student-athletes within of their conferences.
“There are so many voters,” Kliavkoff said. “We’re going to spend the next two months going back to our constituents, getting them involved with the same format. There are also timing issues related to all contracts. “
The playoffs enter the eighth season of a 12-year contract that spans the 2025 season, and Hancock reiterated that the playoffs will not change this or next season, although it could happen as early as the 2023 season. Hancock said commissioners had not spoken much this week about the implementation schedule.
“It will come later,” Hancock said. “The first step is to determine if this new format is even doable or something that people on campus want to do. “
According to the proposal, the first round matches would take place on campus during the two-week period following the conference championship matches. The quarter-finals would be played on January 1 – or January 2 when New Years Day falls on a Sunday – and a day adjacent to it.
The task force did not specify which bowls could be part of the CFP in the future, but recommended that if “traditional bowls” host matches, teams would be assigned to those bowls for the quarter-finals, priority going to the highest ranked team.
“We don’t know who the Six Bowls might be if the format passes,” Hancock said. “That will be determined later. In my mind, the six bowls that will be part of it will be delighted to be part of it. ”