SEC presidents to discuss playoff system

SEC
presidents will discuss a college football playoff, the brainchild of

Florida president Bernie
Machen, at their spring meeting starting Tuesday.

Few
college presidents have ever supported a playoff system, but Machen, whose
Gators won the last national title, is one.

Machen
said he thinks a playoff would produce possibly $100 million more than the
current BCS system, the
Birmingham (

Ala.) News reported.

The
Florida president had asked for a playoff to be on the
agenda for these meetings before the Gators got into the BCS title game against

Ohio
State. But he still supports changing
the current system.

Machen’s
plan would involve setting up a corporation, separate from the NCAA and the
BCS, to run the playoff, the
Memphis (

Tenn.) Commercial-Appeal
reported. The money from the playoff would go to all Division I schools instead
of just BCS conference schools, ESPN reported.

Big 12
officials said at their recent spring meetings that they remain opposed to a
playoff system, while ACC commissioner John Swofford said he thought the
“plus one” model, in which a national title game would be held after
all the bowls, had more support.