Guys, I don’t think the playoff expansion talks are going well.
A plan to expand the College Football Playoff stalled Wednesday, when the college sports administrators who oversee the postseason system were unable to reach a consensus on whether to grow the format from four to 12 teams.
The 10 conference commissioners of the Football Bowl Subdivision and Notre Dame athletic director director Jack Swarbrick, who make up the CFP management committee, met to share feedback from their member schools and address concerns about the expansion proposal unveiled in June.
“There’s still issues that need to be discussed,” CFP executive director Bill Hancock told AP…
“There won’t be a vote next week,” Hancock said. “Next week will be, I’ll call it an informational meeting. It’s complicated.”
Hancock added: “We have time.”
When the process first began, the 2023 season seemed like the soonest an expansion plan could be implemented. After the latest meeting, Hancock talked about 2024.
“I can’t say what the timetable might be, but I would say if we want to expand beginning in the 2024 season, we have a few months,” he said. “But if we want to change the format beginning in 2026, after the 12-year contract (with ESPN) is over, we have a couple of years.”
And if that doesn’t work, they can always extend year over year until they get their collective shit together, right, Bill?
Skip all the alleged side issues they’re supposedly grappling with. The sticking point is over an eight- or twelve-team format. The Alliance conferences (as well as the Big 12, I presume) prefer the former, with conference championship tie-ins, because that will act as a limit on how many teams the soon-to-be enlarged SEC would be able to seed the field with. Needless to say, Greg Sankey isn’t on board with that. Nor is Notre Dame. Nor is the G5. And since any vote on the format has to be unanimous, it’s safe to say that isn’t going anywhere.
On the other hand, the 12-team proposal has Greg Sankey’s fingerprints on it, which means it isn’t going anywhere until his peers’ fee-fees have been assuaged. When will that happen? Let’s ask Bill.
Hancock downplayed the idea the new Power Five commissioners were responsible for tapping the brakes on expansion.
“Any time you talk about a format discussion, there are lots of details,” Hancock said. “The working group knew this, and the full group did, too.”
Hancock said the committee is still sorting through issues related to the involvement of bowl games, media rights and number of teams in the field. He insisted that doubling back to talk about an eight-team format should not be viewed as a setback.
“It’s one of the details that has to be discussed,” Hancock said. “Eight was discussed today. There certainly was not unanimous support for it.”
Asked whether there was any support for it, Hancock said: “I don’t want to get into details.”