Earlier this week, a report from the USA Today said BCS officials and conference commissioners had decided to group their postseason options into four main categories, although the number of options branching from those categories ran much larger.
But as it turned out, almost all the options were somewhere between the status quo and downright awful. To make matters more confusing — as if three semifinal games to determine one championship game was sensible — a representative from one side of the dreaded Pac-12 option (i.e. option 2) didn’t even know it was an option.
“We as a group never discussed that,” Oregon State president and Pac-12 CEO group chairman Ed Ray said to the Wall Street Journal. “This is the first time I’m hearing it. But that doesn’t mean that people weren’t in conversations where all these things came up and somebody suggested it.”
I still think Jim Delany bypassed the BCS computer mainframe one night and added it in. Whether in jest or not, I’m unsure. It was probably one of those things that you joke about, but secretly gauge everyone’s reaction just in case they’re on board.
But regardless of how the three semifinal option got to be its own choice worthy of consideration, it’s on the table. In theory, it could happen.
It’s still not real popular, though.
“This is not 1950, or 1960,” Georgia President Michael Adams said. “There are great schools in the [Atlantic Coast Conference] and the Southeastern Conference and the Big 12. I think it’s time to put everybody on an equal footing. I just reject the notion that the Big Ten and the Pac-12 ought to be treated differently in this process.
“If they can be accommodated without changing the entire process, then I think everyone is open to that,” Adams said. “I have great respect for the Big Ten and the Pac-12, and have two Big Ten degrees [from Ohio State]. But I don’t think that they have the right to dictate policy to all the rest of us.”
University of Nebraska chancellor Harvey Perlman said that wasn’t the intention of the idea, although he admitted he only spoke for himself and not the Big Ten.
The long and short of it is that, categorized options or not, this postseason discussion isn’t much less convoluted now than it was a few months ago when meetings began in Dallas.