The idea of a legitimate playoff structure in college football has been batted around for quite a long time, but the NCAA has been unable to find a solid system to replace the current BCS structure. That looks like it may be the case for the foreseeable future, too, as BCS executive director Bill Hancock says there's no system currently in the lead to renovate the college football postseason.
"There's no leader in the clubhouse on this,'' Hancock told The Associated Press on Thursday night before he spoke at a leadership banquet at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
The problem isn't that ideas aren't being brought up to Hancock, but rather he isn't sure that a wholesale change is necessarily needed, according to the comments he made to The Associated Press.
"The most important question is, `Is there a need to make a significant change, and what are the reasons why a significant change is important?' If there's a need to do it, then it should be done,'' Hancock said. "Many fans would like to have a tournament in the postseason and the commissioners hear that. They get it. But can you have a tournament without detracting from the regular season?''
Considering that every other sport has a postseason tournament to determine its national champion, one would have to believe the answer to Hancock's question is "yes." It remains to be seen if there's a possibility of steering the BCS committee toward that answer, however, or if they're determined to find ways to make the BCS work.
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