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Playoff proposal goes to NCAA committee

During its annual convention last week in Nashville, the National Collegiate Athletic Association assigned UGA President Michael F. Adams’ proposal to create a football postseason playoff tournament to one of its committees.

On Jan. 14, the NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors sent the proposal to a newly-created task force of college presidents studying commercialism and student-athlete welfare.

The board also sent the proposal to the conferences that administer the Bowl Championship Series. James F. Barker, president of Clemson University and chairman of the Division I Board of Directors, said there is no timetable for formally bringing the playoff proposal back before the board.

Adams, who chairs the NCAA executive committee and represents the Southeastern Conference on the board, made his proposal following the conclusion of postseason play. It calls for an NCAA selection committee to place the top eight teams in the four major BCS bowls. The winners of those four games would compete in two playoff games with the national championship between the two winners.