College Football News: Four-Team Playoff Model Approved To Replace BCS In 2014


January 6, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; A detailed view of the crystal football that sits on top of The Coaches Trophy awarded to the winner of the National Championship is seen during Media Day for the 2012 BCS National Championship game to be played on January 9, 2012 between the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

On Tuesday June 26, the NCAA presidential oversight committee met to decide the fate of the proposed four-team playoff model. With its approval, it will be put into effect beginning with the 2014 season.

At around 6 pm. EST, the committee held a press conference, and this was the result:

History has been made.

During the presser, President Charles W. Steger spoke on their decision:

"“I am delighted to report our endorsement of a four-team seeded playoff.”"

Last week, news broke that the NCAA conference commissioners had officially formally supported a playoff model. This particular one will send four best teams at the end of the season would challenge each other in a Final Four like that of College Basketball, and then the two winners would go on to the national title game the next week.

USC’s own president C.L. Max Nikias was the Pac-12 representative. Each conference president got to weigh in on the proposed model, and ESPN’s Joe Schad tweeted about some of the concerns addressed:

Jan. 14 is the day that many schools resume for the spring semester. This is interesting, because USC has resumed classes on the day of the BCS title for the past few years.

This is another issue that makes sense, as the travel and the mental toll two back-to-back bowl games could take on the players has yet to be determined.

In spite of these concerns and others, the presidential oversight committee reached a decision, and it is one that should make many a college football fan jump for joy. This is what the people have been crying for for years, what they have wanted instead of seeing their favorite teams left out of contention because a computer said so.

It has also been determined that a selection committee WILL determine the playoff teams come 2014, so there is still some discussion to be had about how this will work out. Furthermore, this playoff format will be in place for 12 years, but the presidents said they have yet to decide a rotation schedule for the other six bowls that will host the semis and the championship. The presidents are also looking for a new name other than the “BCS”, so it will be interesting to see what suggestions get tossed around.

The official date set for the new national title game will be January 12, 2015.