BCS one step closer to exit; playoff plans in final stages

Major college football is one step closer to creating a national championship playoff to eliminate the current BCS system.

The 11 FBS conference commissioners, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick and assorted TV and college football officials are meeting in Hollywood, Fla., this week to discuss the BCS’s future, a source familiar with the talks told ESPN.com.

Assuming football Bowl Subdivision conference commissioners and other decision-makers approve a four-team playoff to determine college football’s national champion, the semifinals and national championship game will be played at neutral sites and the BCS bowl games will be played closer to New Year’s Day, according to an ESPN.com report.

A final decision on the BCS isn’t expected the week, but the people involved are expected to begin finalized many of the details of a four-team playoff. The proposed changes wouldn’t go into effect until the 2014 season. The FBS is the only NCAA sport decided by a system other than a playoff.

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