Teddy Greenstein recent article in Chicago Tribune is revealing per a postseason fb format. (published also in 4/26/12 edition of http://WWW.THESTATE.COM
Freaked, I am confident you have posted updates on this, but I want to editorialize a moment.
If the top 4 playoff proposal is adapted, the selection process will have to be settled.
PAC12's Larry Scott favors only conference champions. SEC's Slive says it's not a tournament, and prefers to select the best 4......recognizing the 'Bama & LSU situation this past season.
MWC's Craig Thompson predicted contentious discussions regarding revenue distributions.
B1G's Delany spoke about the favorable unintended consequences of adding interest and intrigue to the regular season. His conference wants to protect the Rose Bowl tradition as matters unfold.
While Notre Dame was not directly referenced, if Scott's suggestion prevailed, Notre Dame would certainly want to be looking for a fb conference, or be promised, again, a method of direct access to the playoff arrangement.
Would the big conferences be so generous with ND again on placement procedures and revenue distributions?
Big conferences may have so much as stake, they may not be in the mood to make major concessions to any fb independent school, including ND in particular, who has total control in defining their regular season schedule. Granted, ND plays a few traditional heavyweights each season, but also has the comfort of some less competitive schools, a high proportion of home
games, and some neutral sites. A conference championship is not at stake with them per each regular season games, with fundamentally their overall W-L record being more of a prime criteria.
How this playoff format becomes adopted may be huge in determining whether ND gives up fb independence. The question is, will the major conferences have the desire, will, and strength to draw a line in the sand as to a special access for ND?
If a system emerges whereby ND may get a playoff spot in a given year, and it looks as if it is less earned, and more based on media and bowl influence, that could add to new controversy.