CHICAGO – One step – endorsement by a panel of university presidents and chancellors – remains.
But college football stepped firmly toward a four-team playoff Wednesday.
The conference commissioners who oversee the Bowl Championship Series endorsed the playoff and a move to a committee to select the teams, culminating five months of study and debate and pointing the sport in a bold new direction. It has clung for decades to a postseason revolving around its bowls, resisting previous moves to so much as consider a playoff.
Unrelenting criticism of the 14-year-old BCS shifted sentiment.
Commissioners announced their recommendation of a seeded playoff after meeting for four hours Wednesday. Three participants told USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity, because details weren’t being released, of the preference for a selection committee.
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