As we get ever closer to a resolution on the future of the BCS, more and more people are proposing various solutions to the problem of setting up a playoff.
Big 12 Shadow Commissioner Texas AD DeLoss Dodds has put his two cents in on how he's feeling about the efforts by the Big Ten and Pac-12 to preserve the Rose Bowl:
Texas athletics director and longtime playoff proponent DeLoss Dodds is ready for college football to stop tiptoeing around the Big Ten and Pacific-12 conferences and their fierce loyalty to the Rose Bowl...
"The only way it's going to get fixed," Dodds says, "is for the rest of the country to have a playoff of some kind and let them do their (own) deal. And then after five years, their coaches would go berserk because they're not in the mix for a national championship. And they'd have to join it."
If this sounds familiar to you, it should. This is what happened back in 1992 with the advent of the Bowl Coalition. The ACC, Big 8, Big East, SEC, and SWC teamed up to put on a national championship game without the Big Ten, Pac-10, and Rose Bowl. When the SWC fell apart, the arrangement was redone as the Bowl Alliance with the new Big 12 jumping in. After three years of that, we got the BCS when the holdouts finally caved.
What Dodds is describing here is basically a return to that era. He doesn't think it would ever happen, and I don't either. It does, however, show the frustration that is brewing about the Big Ten, Pac-12, and Rose Bowl gumming up the playoff negotiations.
No one game is bigger than the championship. The Rose's special place will survive a four-team playoff system anyway. It's time to look to the future, and if proposing something like this is what it takes to get us there, then I'm all for it.