SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey provides perception into a possible enlargement of the faculty soccer playoffs
There is a growing dynamic to increase the number of teams represented in the college football playoffs. Since the event began in 2014, a four-team playoff has determined the national champions of the sport.
While most believe the current system is fairer than the Bowl Championship Series, which ran from 1998 to 2013, some of the most powerful voices in college football have called for an expansion. Regardless of whether the field expands to six, eight, 12 or 16 teams in the future, the format is expected to change at some point.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey spoke out on the matter during an appearance Wednesday on the Paul Finebaum Show.
“I’m on a four-person review committee that was appointed about a year ago to see what we’re doing now, what principles and reasons we have for a four-team playoff, and then look to the future,” Sankey said was pretty consistent and pretty public and said that a four-team playoff worked, worked and can continue to work. I think that’s really a healthy starting point for us and something we can’t forget. “
The playoff committee met in Dallas last month, where a number of topics were discussed, including a possible expansion.
“In its analysis, the working group examined 63 possible changes. These included options for 6, 8, 10, 12 and 16 teams, each with different scenarios,” says a press release.
Sankey said he believes it is important for college football to maintain its connections with bowl games, regardless of what a new playoff system might look like.
“We also have relationships with a number of bowl games that have always been portrayed as important opportunities for our teams, our student athletes,” said Sankey. “Yes, we have opt-outs, things are changing, but there are still important options. I think my responsibility is to be open to listening. … We are at a time where the review has been recognized – I believe the number of iterations published was 63 iterations.
“This is not supposed to confuse people. It is meant to be a meaningful dialogue that is currently not delivering any result or promising any other result, but the responsibility of examining as carefully as possible what the right format for postseason football is, how it will affect the regular season, and how we could make decisions about whether there should ever be a considerate change? “
Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the CFP, made his own statement following the April committee meeting.
“We are entering the eighth year of our 12-year college football playoff contract and the management committee is extremely pleased with the popularity and success of the CFP,” said Hancock. “It is wise and good management to examine where we stand when we are discussing what the future might look like – perhaps” for emphasis. “
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The 2022 CFP National Championship Game is scheduled for Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, where the Big Ten title game takes place and served as the Final Four venue for the men’s basketball tournament in April. The semifinals will take place at the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and the Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.