Report: Conference Championships To Be De-Regulated; ACC to Three 5-Team Divisions?

Posted on Apr 7 2015 - 2:56pm by Ethan Moore

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CBSSports.com reported that conferences will now have the power to decide how they crown a champion.  Currently, the NCAA states that leagues must have at least 12 teams to stage a championship game.  With this ruling, reportedly set to be approved for the 2016 season, every conference will have the freedom to get creative.  In the Dennis Didd report, it mentions an interesting quote from Big 12 commish Bob Bowlsby concerning the ACC.

“I think there’s some belief that ACC would play three divisions, have two highest ranked play in postseason,” said Bob Bowlsby, chairman of the new NCAA Football Oversight Committee. “Really, nobody cares how you determine your champion. It should be a conference-level decision.

“But because the ACC has persisted in saying, ‘We’re not sure what we’ll do,’ there’s probably a little bit of a shadow over it. In the end, I don’t think it’ll be able to hold it up. We’ll probably have it in place for ‘16.”

With that, it has led to some interesting speculation from one of our past LSL radio guests, Raleigh News & Observer’s Joe Giglio…

UPDATE: Since this initial report came out, Joe did some digging around ACC circles and came out with some clarification….

ESPN.com’s Andrea Adelson chimed in on this topic as well….

Though Bowlsby told CBSSports.com that “there’s some belief the ACC would play three divisions, have two highest ranked play in postseason,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said as recently as last month that was not even on the table.

Three other ACC sources said there have been no recent discussions about moving to three divisions.

“We haven’t really discussed that to any degree of seriousness,” Swofford told Dinich last month. “A few years ago, it came up briefly but didn’t get legs in our discussions. I think that’s unlikely in our league.”

More recently, ACC athletic directors have discussed eliminating divisions as one possibility but that has not gained traction, either. For now, the ACC has no plans to change its championship game format.

 

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