'Final Four' football playoff has support

Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick holds the BCS trophy after Alabama defeated the...

Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick holds the BCS trophy after Alabama defeated the LSU Tigers during the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game in New Orleans January 9, 2012. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes)

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The prospect of a college football playoff took another step forward when NCAA president Mark Emmert put his support behind a specific version of one.

Emmert told reporters he would get behind a four-team playoff, but not one involving more teams, after giving his state of the association speech in Indianapolis.

“I see a lot of ways that a Final Four model could be successful,” Emmert said, according to The Indianapolis Star.

Speaking after representatives of the 11 Bowl Championship Series conferences met to discuss possible changes, including a playoff system, Emmert said support was being raised for a small playoff field.

“The notion of having a Final Four approach is a sound one,” Emmert said, when asked what type of things had been discussed.

He added that a more wide-spread field could be an issue as it would take too much of a toll on the players, and would also alter the traditional bowl system.

“Moving toward a 16-team playoff is highly problematic because I think that’s too much to ask a young man’s body to do,” he said. “It’s too many games, it intrudes into the school year and, of course, it would probably necessitate a complete end to the bowl system that so many people like now.”

There have been more signs of making some changes in 2014 recently as conference officials have warmed to the idea of some type of playoff.

 


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