It appears the talks for the BCS to move to a "plus-one" playoff format have taken the next step. According to CBS, the 11 conference commissioners and Notre Dame's athletic director met in Dallas Monday to discuss logistics for how to implement a playoff system, though they haven't decided whether or not to actually adopt said system. Here's the full statement from the BCS:
As part of our continuing discussions about how to decide college football's national champion while maintaining the best regular season in sports, we met today in Dallas. The meeting was constructive and highly detailed.
While no decisions have been made about the overall structure, our talks have entered the "brass tacks" level. For every concept that enjoys broad support, there are a host of intricate details that we're talking through.
For example, if we change the current format, would we play some games on campus or all games on neutral sites? If some games are on campus, is that too much of a competitive advantage? If all games are at neutral sites, would fans be able to travel to two games in a row? How would teams be selected? By a committee, by the current ranking formula, or by a different formula? When exactly would games be scheduled, considering finals, holidays and our desire to avoid mid-January games?
As we discuss the upsides and downsides of our decisions, we are united in our desire to protect our great regular season and honor the bowl tradition, while maintaining the collegiate nature of our sport.
We're making good progress toward our self-imposed goal of making a final recommendation this summer to our governing bodies.
Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel talked with a few of those in the room, and came away with a few other interesting nuggets:
From talking to several in the room, sounds like today's meeting focused more on the where and when of a playoff than who would be in it.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) March 26, 2012
Bill Hancock: No discussion of 8 or 16 team playoff. Everything else still on the table, including "pure" plus one (title game after bowls)— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) March 26, 2012