Plus One Playoffs: NCAA President Supports BCS Change

Johnathan CaceCorrespondent IJanuary 13, 2012

WASHINGTON - MARCH 17:  NCAA President Mark Emmert address the media during a press conference before the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Verizon Center on March 17, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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It seems as though the long anticipated changes to the BCS may finally actually come to fruition.

NCAA president Mark Emmert has said that he is in support of a plus-one system to decide the national champion in college football.

He also said that any plans to have a playoff involving a larger field is almost entirely out of the question.

"The notion of having a Final Four approach is probably a sound one," Emmert said. "Moving toward a 16-team playoff is highly problematic because I think that's too much to ask a young man's body to do.

"It's too many games, it intrudes into the school year and, of course, it would probably necessitate a complete end to the bowl system that so many people like now."

That said, it is important to remember that this proposal is still a ways away.

The earliest any change to the BCS would come is 2014 when the television contract with ESPN is up.  Too much money comes out of the contracts to force renegotiations, especially when it's only two years away.

But the biggest reason why this is still far off is the debate that will ensue about whether there will be a four-team playoff, or a true plus-one where all of the conference champions, and a pair of at-large bids, play in the Rose, Fiesta, Orange and Sugar Bowls with the top two teams in the BCS.

When you hear talk about the plus-one, make sure to clarify which system they are talking about.

With Emmert talking about a college football "Final Four," it appears as though the system he's talking about is a four-team playoff.

Whatever happens, though, won’t take place until at least 2014.