SEC's Mike Slive Not Sold On Four-Team Playoff Plan

The Pac-12, Big Ten and Big 12 all more or less agree on a similar college football playoff plan for when the current BCS deal expires: four conference champions, with the highest-ranking two getting semifinal home field advantage. This led one to wonder about the obvious conference missing from that list, and wonder no more! The SEC has now weighed in via the Birmingham News, albeit thoughtfully and artfully:

"I'm willing to have a conversation about (only conference champions), but if you were going to ask me today, that would not be the way I want to go," [SEC commissioner Mike] Slive said. "It really is early in the discussions, notwithstanding what some commissioners say publicly. There's still a lot of information that needs to be generated."

Slive also expressed concerns about road team attendance at campus playoff games, noting basketball's playoff doesn't feature home games. It makes sense that the SEC would be the least likely conference to immediately support the so-called Big Ten Plan, as true home games could mean trips to snowy locales, the conference champs stipulation would mean we can't have an all-SEC West final four, and it's the so-called Big Ten Plan. The SEC would be hesitant to support a plan to make everyone say, "THE SEC IS GREAT," if such a plan were called "the so-called Big Ten Plan."

Slive also denied the SEC is interested in expanding to 16 teams. But remember: at one point, he insisted the SEC was fine sticking with 13 teams. So.

For more on the SEC, visit Team Speed Kills.

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