With the college-football season just 65 days away from its first game, the BCS presidents announced their plans for a four-team seeded playoff held within the bowl structure. This playoff system will debut following the 2014 season.
USA Today's Nicole Auerbach tweeted the news:
Official release: College football will have afour-team, seeded playoff starting in 2014-15 season.— Nicole Auerbach (@nicoleauerbach) June 26, 2012
So there you have it. A college-football playoff is finally official! The 12 presidents began meeting at 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday before making this historic announcement just past 6 p.m. ET.
Great pains were taken in this declaration to make it clear that the playoff is not the death of the bowl system. The bowls will be firmly entrenched in this process, and these three playoff games will be rotated between six bowls.
Neither the names of the six bowls nor the rotation plan for these games were announced.
Virginia Tech president and chair of the committee, Charles W. Steger, started off the press conference, which aired on ESPN. Auerbach also provided this quote from Steger:
Virginia Tech president Steger: "It doesn't go too far, it goes just the right amount."— Nicole Auerbach (@nicoleauerbach) June 26, 2012
The "just the right amount" part is certainly debatable, as there will be plenty of fans clamoring for more than a four-team playoff. However, it will be a long time before any changes are made—there is a 12-year deal in place.
As this deal moves forward, another major point of contention involves how the four teams will be chosen. They have left room to tweak this process, but the first four teams will be selected by a committee.
This system certainly isn't perfect, but before we begin launching complaints, let's just sit back and revel in the fact that, finally, there is a playoff to add some much-needed legitimacy to the crowning of college football's champion.
Hit me up on Twitter, and we can start complaining about the selection process.