BCS Changes Coming? Big 12 Coaches Weigh In

In Monday's Big 12 Teleconference several coaches weighed in on possible changes coming to the BCS.

Every season after a new National Champion is crowned in college football it seems that everyone, the fans, a number of coaches and conference officials are crying and pleading for a change to the current BCS system.

The No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the final BCS poll play for the crown jewel in all of college football – the National Title.

This week, conference officials are meeting in South Florida to discuss the possible scenarios; possible changes that could be made to have a better solution in naming a National Champ.

Texas head coach Mack Brown, who won a National Title back in 2005 at the Rose Bowl defeating USC 41-38, during Monday's Big 12 Teleconference, said the current system does not work for multiple reasons and it needs to be changed.

"I hope that it's something different than we've got now, and I'm really not sure what would be best," he said. "I don't like our current system. I don't like the fact that last year two teams played twice, I feel like that the BCS gives credence to really strength of schedule, because we've had some teams play in the BCS that played some poorer teams and still had an opportunity to play. I don't like the fact that we picked between BCS and non-BCS on who plays, that's the money cycle, but I'd rather see the best teams play at the end.

"I don't think that always happens with the BCS."

Following the year that Brown and the Longhorns won the National Championship, the format was changed to the current system of a BCS National Championship Game.

Since the change happened the last six National Champs have come out of the SEC, with Alabama and Florida winning two each in the past six years.

The biggest controversy came this past season when the Crimson Tide were granted a second chance at LSU, who beat them earlier in the season 9-6 in overtime.

At the end of the season, Brown said he believes the best team should play and that makes it fairer to everyone involved.

"I think the best team should play at the end," Brown said. "That's more fair to the coaches, that's more fair to the players and that's more fair to the fans."

Now during the last few years the heat has been turned up on the BCS committee to make a change, especially after this past season.

The ideas that have been thrown around have included a eight-team or 16-team playoff system, which Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder said is not something that would work.

Along with Snyder, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, who won a National Championship back in 2000 and lost in 2003 and 2008, said he is not in favor of the playoff but rather the plus one for multiple reasons.

"I'm not for a playoff because it would ruin the bowl system, and I don't believe that would be good for the student athletes, college athletes, the bowl experience overall is too positive for them," Stoops said during Monday's Big 12 Teleconference. "I'd like to see the plus one. If they do so I'd like to see the four teams that qualify as the per say playoff teams participate in two of the BCS bowls and rotate it every two years which bowls are hosting the playoff teams and which ones aren't, and then the plus one after."

Shifting away from the playoff system, which the FCS possesses, the one idea that has received some stamps of approval from coaches has been the plus-one system.

Essentially this system would take the top four teams in college football and they would play for a National Title.

Stoops, who coached the Sooners to the Insight Bowl to down Iowa 31-14 this season, said any system without the bowls would not be good for college football.

With the plus-one system it preserves the bowl game tradition.

"That way you have a week long experience, or five-six days, whatever it is at the bowls that is again a very positive experience for families, for players, this that and the other," Stoops said. "Then whoever qualifies for the National Championship game the next week or say eight days later, you just go in two nights before the game, you don't have the bowl experience, you're playing for the National Championship."

Despite there being some approval for the plus-one system, there have been some questions raised about it as well.

Snyder, who led the Wildcats to the AT&T Cotton Bowl only to fall short to Arkansas 29-16, said the major issue is the fans getting to the games, but overall the idea could work.

"Some of the other four plus one, you have some concerns," Snyder said. "Who's the home team? How's it going to impact the travel of your fans? How many times can they travel to bowl games, that's a pretty difficult task I think. I understand the plus one, I can understand feasibly maybe a four-game playoff.  But I'm comfortable the way it is in all reality, because there's no impact it has on the bowl system."

Along with Snyder, Brown and Stoops other coaches also weighed in on the idea of changes coming to the system including new Big 12 coach Gary Patterson at TCU.

Patterson, who has spent the last few seasons in the Mountain West Conference, which does not receive an automatic BCS bowl bid, has coached the Horned Frogs to the big games including the Rose Bowl.

The plus one system is what Patterson said he believes college football will go to and it is the best option without adding too many more games.

But what every coach admitted to in the end is that the decision does not come down to what they want.

"Let it happens the way it happens," Snyder said.


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