Next steps for playoff plan

Selection method will need to address transparency, access issues

Updated: June 21, 2012, 2:45 PM ET
By Brad Edwards | ESPN Insider
Jack Swarbrick Matt Cashore/US PresswireNotre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick was part of the group that announced the four-team proposal.

As the conference commissioners pass the baton to the Presidential Oversight Committee for a potential Tuesday decision on college football's next postseason model, playoff proponents are almost ready to exhale.

The commissioners, along with Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick, announced Wednesday that their proposal to the committee will be a four-team, seeded playoff. But they also were certain to point out that the final decision rests with the university presidents.

It may concern fans to know that the Presidential Oversight Committee will not vote on this. They will share opinions, no doubt, but the outcome won't require a thumbs-up from at least nine of 12 committee members or anything like that. They may be representatives of U.S. institutions of higher learning, but this isn't exactly democracy at work.

The reason is simple: Some opinions matter more than others, as always has been the case with BCS meetings.

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