The BCS is dead...in 2014.
That's right. The major college presidents approved a plan by the college commissioners to have a four-team playoff following the 2014 season.
Instead of pitting No. 1 vs. No. 2 in one championship game, it will be No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3 on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, and will rotate between the Rose, Orange, Sugar and Fiesta Bowls, with two more to be determined.
The winners will advance into the championship on Monday, Jan. 15, at a site to be determined. Let the bidding begin, as this will rotate around like the Super Bowl. Serious consideration should be given to a dome stadium or a warm-weather site, as the winter weather can be unpredictable in early January.
A committee will select the top four teams. Criteria being considered is won-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head and whether a team is a conference champion.
Several conferences have title games, i.e.,SEC, ACC, Conference USA, MAC, Pac-12, Big 10 and Big 12.
What happens to these bowls when the playoffs begin — New Mexico Bowl, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, San Diego County CU Poinsettia Bowl, Beef 'O' Brad's Bowl, R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, MAAC Bowl Las Vegas, Sheritan Hawaii Bowl, Little Caesars Bowl, Military Bowl, Belk Bowl, Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, Champ Sports Bowl (Russell Athletics Bowl), AdvoCare V100 independence Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Valero Alamo Bowl, New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, Hyundai Sun Bowl, AutoZone Liberty Bowl, TicketCity Bowl, Capital One Bowl, Outback Bowl, Gator Bowl, AT&T Cotton Bowl, BBVA Compass Bowl and GoDaddy.com Bowl?
Two of these will be selected for the playoffs.
Will the rest of the bowls raise their payouts to attract the conference runners-up and title game losers? Money will dictate all of this.
Will the conference affilations be eliminated or will the bowls trade out to get teams which are within a reasonable distance from their sites? The teams' following will conversely play a part of this decision.
These questions and more will be answered during 2012-'13 and 2013-'14, as the playoffs will not begin until after the 2014 regular season.
(Ed Greif is the Crossville Chronicle sports editor and his column appears periodically.)
The BCS is dead...in 2014.
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OH GOOD GRIEF: There is big news off the field
School is finally out, but the big news is off the field.
CCHS track team receives accolades Tuesday
Less than 24 hours before competing in the Class AAA track meet in Murfreesboro, the CCHS track and field teams received their letters and special awards from Coach Ted McCaslin Tuesday evening at Lake Tansi.
Lady Panther hoop camp announced
The Stone Memorial High School Lady Panthers will be hosting the 2013 Lady Panther basketball camp for girls in grades two through eight, July 15-17, from 9 a.m. to noon in the SMHS gym.
Annual fishing derby to hook anglers June 8
The 13th fishing derby for ages 5-15 will be Saturday, June 8, at Meadow Park Lake. The annual event held every year on "Free Fishing Day" is hosted by the city of Crossville, Veola Water, TWRA and many other sponsors.
CCHS soccer team closes season with banquet
"I have learned a lot from these guys. They played through a ton of injuries," said Cumberland County Jet soccer coach Cub Whitson Sunday evening at the team's annual banquet held in the CCHS wrestling complex. "Thank you for playing this year."
Hutson, Kington to continue track careers on collegiate level
Last Wednesday morning, Stone Memorial High School track team members Rachel Hutson and Makayla Kington signed their National Letters of Intent to participate in college athletics for the 2013-'14 school year.
Hutson will be going to Carson Newman College to compete for the Lady Eagles cross country and track team,s while fellow senior Makayla Kington will be going to Tennessee Tech to throw for Crossville native Tony Cox.
- Tryouts for Lady Jets volleyball team set
Kington and Simmons earn trip to state championships
On May 14, the Lady Panthers and Panthers of Stone Memorial High School returned to CAK to compete in sectional track action verses some the best competition in A-AA.
Junior golf tourneys planned in Crossville
Coach Randy Herring will be conducting a series of junior golf tournaments in Crossville this summer.
Crossville Raceway hosting Legends Shootout May 24-25
Rain washed out the program at Crossville Raceway May 19, but the track will be hosting the Crossville Legends Shootout May 24-25.
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