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Now thnational football playoff has been agreed upit’s up coach Brian Kelly make Notre Dame contender. | AP

Now that a national football playoff has been agreed upon, it’s up to coach Brian Kelly to make Notre Dame a contender. | AP

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Updated: July 28, 2012 6:34AM

About a week after 11 Football Bowl Subdivision conference commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick agreed on a four-team seeded playoff, the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee approved it Tuesday in Washington.

The 12 presidents met with the FBS commissioners and approved the seeded system that will have two semifinals at existing bowl games and a national title game beginning in the 2014 season. There will be a six-bowl rotation for the semifinal games, and the national title game will be hosted by the highest bidder. At least four of those bowls should be current BCS bowls.

BCS executive director Bill Hancock said the presidents agreed to a 12-year deal.

“We don’t know the [bowl] rotation yet,” Hancock said. “That’s still to be determined. Six [bowls] was the most appropriate number as per the number of years of the agreement.”

The presidents also approved a committee that will chose the four teams based on conference championships and strength of schedule.

Virginia Tech president Dr. Charles W. Steger said the playoff format was the best way to preserve the regular season’s importance and the bowl tradition.

“I thought we worked rather efficiently today,” Steger said. “There’s not a shrinking violet [among the 12 presidents], and there were differences of views and well-articulated positions. And it would be a serious mistake to think it was a rubber stamp.”

Whether or not the BCS name goes away is still to be determined. Hancock said after the FBS meetings June 20 in Chicago that the presidents committee most likely will pick a new name for the playoff format.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, who wanted the Rose Bowl protected, was happy with the final product.

“We had to support the regular season, and we think this method is rational,” Delany said. “When I look at the bowl situation, the Big Ten is well served. I think there will always be people who want more [teams]. But less is more.”

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