Implementation of a four-team playoff in college football requires more than just a consensus from the sport’s top conferences. It requires the completion of a four-year period.
The latter part of that equation cannot be overlooked by those eager to implement change to the current system, according to Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive who took part in a Nashville Sports Council event Wednesday at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel.
"Really a lot of this discussion is premature, and I want to respect the process that we're in," Slive said, according to the Associated Press. "We've had four-year formats since we started. We've done it on the basis of four years, so each four-year period you have to sit down and decide what format is going to be going forward.
“So we have decided to sit down and talk about this from every different side."
Discussions on possible adjustments to the BCS system, which determines a national champion at college football’s highest level, began the day after Alabama’s victory over LSU last month. A decision could be made before the end of the year bit would not be implemented immediately.
"What would it look like and whether it's actually going to happen, all of that is premature," Slive said. "I think we need the time to sit down and analyze it. We need time to take ideas back to our respective conferences and ... a decision to be made sometime later this year as we begin to talk about the ... next format."
Slive’s appearance was part of the Comcast Spotlight Sports Speakers Series and was open to members of the Nashville Sports Council as well as the general public.