SEC Football: Mike Slive Chimes in on Rose Bowl 3-Game Semifinal Proposal

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterApril 16, 2012

SEC commissioner Mike Slive
SEC commissioner Mike SliveAaron M. Sprecher/Getty Images

This is going to be a monumental offseason in the world of college football. It's becoming clear that we are headed full-steam ahead towards a four-team playoff, a postseason method that will crown a true champion on the field while still preserving the integrity and excitement of college football's regular season.

USA Today reported in early April that BCS leaders were weighing all kinds of four-team options, including a ridiculous idea that the Rose Bowl would be a third semifinal game if Pac-12 and/or Big Ten teams are ranked in the top four of the final BCS (or comparable system) standings.

No, the mere thought of a third game being considered a semifinal game doesn't make sense, but that only scratches the surface of just how ridiculous this proposal is.

Speaking to the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) regional meeting in Birmingham, Ala. on Monday, SEC commissioner Mike Slive chimed in with his thoughts on the proposal, courtesy of Chase Goodbread of the Tuscaloosa News.

SEC Commish Mike Slive on BCS model that favors Rose Bowl: "It's not one of my favorites."

— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) April 16, 2012

So, in other words, it's not going to happen.

Slive is the most powerful man in college sports, and his opinion carries more weight than any other conference commissioner in college football. His public opposition to the proposal essentially kills an idea that really shouldn't have been discussed to begin with.

The Rose Bowl is a dinosaur, and the thought of playing three games to determine two spots in one game should should be dismissed immediately by anyone with even the slightest bit of common sense.

The idea was likely only floated so that BCS leaders can go back to the Big Ten, Pac-12 and Rose Bowl and say, "hey, we tried." 

At least now we won't have to discuss it anymore.