A Division I playoff, that is, since the rest of college football already has one:
The BCS commissioners are backing a playoff plan with the sites for the national semifinals rotating among the major bowl games and a selection committee picking the teams.
The plan will be presented to university presidents next week for approval.
Once the presidents sign off — and that seems likely — major college football’s champion will be decided by a playoff for the first time starting in 2014.
’’We are excited to be on the threshold of creating a new postseason structure for college football that builds on the great popularity of our sport,’’ Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Wednesday.
All 11 commissioners stood shoulder-to-shoulder behind Swarbrick, who read the BCS statement from a podium set up in a hotel conference room.
The commissioners have been working on reshaping college football’s postseason since January. The meeting Wednesday was the sixth formal get-together of the year. They met for four hours and emerged with a commitment to stand behind a plan.
I’m fully behind this, as it would still allow for the traditional bowl structure to remain.