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Mountain West board supports four-team football playoff as ‘progressive step’


Leila Navidi

UNLV president Neal Smatresk riles up the crowd during the Rebel Reading Challenge Kickoff for fourth- and fifth-grade students at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011.

The Mountain West board of directors, including UNLV President Neal Smatresk, completed their three-day spring meeting in California on Tuesday. As expected, football was at the top of the agenda.

The annual meeting is a chance for representatives to get together and discuss short- and long-term plans for the conference regarding stability and the changing landscape of the national scene. The final meeting included a conversation with NCAA President Mark Emmert to discuss those topics and the economic model “that continues to marginalize a broad spectrum of FBS institutions” that add value to the game.

Here are a few notes to take away:

• Board members support the proposal for a four-team playoff model as a “progressive step,” which sounds like they wouldn’t mind seeing it expand beyond that. They also discussed the possible bracket setup, the selection process and where games would be played.

• The board came to a consensus in support of a “conference champion component” to the selection process, as well as playing the semifinals within the current bowl structure. The most debated aspect of the playoff is whether the four seeds should be limited to conference champions or the four overall top teams as determined by an as-yet-unknown ranking system.

• As for the sharing of revenue, the board supported an equal distribution model that includes an academic performance component.

Nothing groundbreaking here, just a glimpse into the conference’s thinking as it tries to find its place in this ever-changing world.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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  1. Good idea

  2. you've blown your shot at BYU, TCU UTAH, BOISE, SAN DIEGO ST in the same conference---stick with the 4th graders--they are the only ones dumb enough to cheer how you guys have destroyed this conference in just a couple years.