I love the way this is phrased:
ACC officials have voted to send the NCAA’s Board of Directors “a piece of legislation that would grant the conferences the flexibility to determine who played in their football championship game,” ACC commissioner John Swofford told ESPN.com on Tuesday.
Anything goes. Let a thousand conference championship formats bloom!
They’ll tell you with a straight face that this is for the fans, but it’s really about jockeying for the four-team playoffs. As well as keeping the extra cash generated by a conference title game.
… Under the current structure, the NCAA requires that each conference have an equal number of teams in each division, and every team must play each opponent in its own division. Should the NCAA lighten its restrictions, conferences would have the option to change the format.
I bet Nick Saban has a few ideas about how to game that.
The conferences could change their formats every year, I supposed based on the perception of the strength of their teams in the preseason. Why not? Shoot, once the playoffs expand past four, the conferences will be even more motivated to jigger their title arrangements. If they guess wrong, it’s not like they won’t get paid anyway.