Texas AD: 4-team playoff is good 'baby step'

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Associated Press

Posted on May 30, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Updated Thursday, May 30 at 6:09 PM

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds believes the new College Football Playoff could use one more round.

A longtime playoff proponent, Dodds calls the new four-team system that will begin with the 2014 season a good "baby step." His preference would be eight teams.

"I think there will be a lot of conversation about the fifth team that didn't get in, or the 11-1 team that didn't get in because somebody's 12-0 that maybe wasn't quite as good as the 11-1 team," Dodds said Thursday at the Big 12 meetings. "If you take eight, then you don't really have that. The ninth team has got a concern but it's not really like the fifth team."

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck said he has wanted to look back over the last 10 years at what teams qualified for the BCS games, and how big of a gap there was between the fourth and fifth teams, and then between other teams through the top nine.

"Let's give four a shot and see," Luck said. "A lot of years, there seems like there's three or four really good teams, then there's a little bit of a dropoff, but I'm not sure I'd advocate eight at this point."

Big 12 ADs wrapped up their portion of the conference meetings Thursday. The league's presidents get together again Friday.

Luck and Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby expressed concerns about how four extra playoff games would affect the current bowl system.

Bowlsby said one of the reasons the playoff system was eventually approved was because people who had been opposed to the idea "got comfortable around the fact that it could be accomplished without decimating the bowl environment that has been so good to us over the years."

Conference commissioners are still working on the structure of the committee that will select the teams for the new postseason system. Commissioners won't be on that panel, for likely terms of two to four years, but athletic directors might be eligible for consideration.

Neither Dodds nor Luck want to part of that committee.

Luck once asked Bowlsby in a Big 12 meeting how long the playoff selection committee members would be appointed. The commissioner jokingly responded, "Until they're shot."

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