BCS may hike teams from big conferences

Posted: September 28, 2011

The Bowl Championship Series' two-team per conference limit could be up for discussion as the BCS nears another round of television negotiations.

Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive was asked during a teleconference yesterday about the possibility of the BCS changing its rules to allow more than two teams from a conference to play in the five most lucrative bowl games in a year.

He didn't say whether he would support a change, but did indicate it might be considered by the conference commissioners.

"I do know this: That Bill Hancock has put together a list of issues that he believes the commissioners and the BCS bowl oversight committee ought to be looking at as the BCS develops a position on upcoming negotiations. I think that's one of them," he said.

"I think there are going to be several issues that are important enough to have serious discussion about, and that would be one of them."

Slive and Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin were answering questions about the Aggies' move to the SEC.

A BCS bid is worth about $17 million to an automatic qualifying conference. The limit was first set when the BCS was implemented in 1999 and there were only four games - the Rose, Sugar, Fiesta and Orange bowls.

The BCS championship game was added for the 2006 season, bumping the total number of games to five and bids to 10.

Removing the two-team cap from the BCS selection process would likely be a boon for the SEC and the Big Ten.

Since the BCS was implemented in 1999, the Big Ten has received two BCS bids in a season 10 times. The SEC has gotten two BCS bids eight times. The Big 12 has received two BCS five times and the Pac-10 (now Pac-12) three times.

The Big East and Atlantic Coast Conference have never received two BCS bids in a season.

The Big Ten has grown to 12 teams, adding Nebraska this season. The SEC will have at least 13 teams starting next season with the addition of Texas A&M.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma State billionaire booster T. Boone Pickens said the Big 12 is in trouble if Missouri leaves. The Tigers are rumored to be following Texas A&M to the SEC. He noted that TCU and Houston are the most sensible replacements for the Big 12.

Slive said no other schools are being considered as 14th members of the SEC.

Noteworthy

Minnesota's assistants and players are trying to keep practice as normal as possible while coach Jerry Kill seeks further treatment for his recurring seizures.

The Gophers play at 19th-ranked Michigan on Saturday, and Kill's status is unclear. Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys is the acting head coach in Kill's absence.

Kill went Sunday to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., after another episode of the seizures he's had for years.

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