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BCS makes progress on 4-team college football playoff format

  SEC commissioner Mike Slive says much progress has been made toward  college football playofff during BCS meetings

SEC commissioner Mike Slive says much progress has been made toward a college football playofff during the BCS meetings Wednesday in Chicago. | AP

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Updated: June 20, 2012 4:36PM

SEC commissioner Mike Slive gave a hint of what progress has been made towards a college football playoff at the BCS meetings Wednesday at the Chicago Intercontinental Hotel, including another day of meetings scheduled for Thursday.

“We made good progress on the four-team playoff,” Slive said during a break in the meetings. “Our goal is to really take all of the work we’ve done over these days and hours and months and put it in a comprehensive form.”

Ultimately, the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee — made up of 12 presidents from BCS schools — will make a final decision on the playoff format. The committee is scheduled to meet June 26 in Washington D.C. and a playoff could be in place by 2014.

Slive and Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson both agreed that more than one four-team playoff model will be presented to the Oversight Committee next week. Thompson said the commissioners will not endorse one model over another, because the presidents will want more than one option.

“I think several issues are still on the table, but I’m not sure the differences in our views are as significant as some people may have written,” Slive said. “My hope is we can make progress on a format, a four-team playoff model. We don’t need all the details, but a comprehensive view of a four-team playoff.”

Slive has been an advocate of having the nation’s top four teams qualify for a college football playoff, while commissioners from the Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC favor a model where conference champions are rewarded.

Thompson said revenue from the playoff format for conferences will vary on whether or not a four-team playoff model is used versus a “plus-one.”

And there is also the issue of each conference’s bowl partners and how they fit into the mix. Thompson said that issue also needs to be addressed.

“Then there’s your bowl partners and it’s, ‘What about us and where are we headed?’ ” Thompson said. “Everybody’s got a perspective and everybody’s got an opinion.”

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