College Football Playoff expansion to move forward to feedback phase, needs more time for ultimate decision

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The proposal to expand the College Football Playoff to a 12-team format will move forward to the feedback phase according to CFP executive director Bill Hancock.

“The management committee praised the working group for its proposal,” said Hancock in a statement. “The process will move forward, and the proposal will be discussed next week by the board of managers.”

As far as the timing goes though, don’t expect an announcement about future plans anytime before the college football season kicks off this fall.

“Vetting with everyone on campus will be an important element,” Hancock said. “The working group’s proposal was the first step in a long process. It’s important to reach out and listen to a wide variety of people involved in college football. This is a very exciting time for college football. The working group’s proposal includes many details that must be carefully reviewed and discussed. We look forward to that review.”

And that review will take time. There will be a meeting next week with the board of managers, and at that time the management committee will ask for permission to solicit feedback over the next few weeks and months that will be critical in determining what a final product might look like.

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That feedback is expected to include student-athletes, university presidents and chancellors, athletics directors and coaches. What is received and the feasibility of putting it all into action will be critical towards continuing to move forward with playoff expansion. Just don’t be sitting on the edge of your chair just yet.

“We just need time to review this with our folks here on campus,” Hancock said. “That was the prevailing theme of the meeting. We just need more time.”

In other words … stay tuned.

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