The objections covered several topics. One was the size of the playoff field; Phillips, for example, recently said that he would only support an eight-team expansion, and that he was not in favor of any changes until the NCAA finished rewriting its constitution, which could happen. next week. Other concerns were related to the number of guaranteed berths and what would happen to the existing bowls.
In a statement released Monday night, the Pac-12 said it supports the six “most-discussed” formats, including a system in which the 12 top-ranked teams would win playoff spots and one that would award playoff spots. Offers to Power 5 champions, the best group of 5 champion and six teams in general. The league also said it was open to proposals for an eight-team format, such as one that would include the top-ranked eight teams.
But there is fierce opposition to an eight-team approach.
“It is clear that none of the six most discussed expansion models have unanimous consent, with most having considerable opposition, and every conference other than the Pac-12 has indicated that they would be against at least the one of the models on offer, ”the Pac -12 said.
Sankey, who spoke to reporters more than an hour after the last meeting ended on Monday, said he found it troubling that some conferences that drummed up to thrive three years ago clash now to a proposal to do just that.
“I really never assumed it would be just a rubber stamp, but I also know that when problems are identified there has to be a determination to find solutions and solutions have to be identified,” said Sankey, who did not identify which one. commissioners he was talking about.
He also said that if negotiations were to resume early, there would be no guarantee that the SEC would be willing to make the concessions it was willing to make now.
Any optimism for change has been built around the huge financial windfall that a larger tournament would bring to the leagues. There are also significant frustrations with the current system, which debuted in the 2014 season and replaced the Bowl Championship Series.