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Golden Nuggets: Commissioners Agree to Give the BCS the Axe

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It looks like the BCS will officially come to an end. The BCS commissioners have agreed to implement a four-team playoff model beginning in 2014. While several of the details have yet to be revealed, the fact that Jim Delany and Larry Scott support it is a great sign.

The commissioners' consensus must be approved by the BCS presidential oversight committee, which meets June 26 in Washington, D.C. If approved, the four-team playoff would replace the current BCS system, which has been in place since 1998.

Sources told ESPN.com that under the recommended model, four participating teams would be selected by a committee, which would consider certain criteria such as conference championships and strength of schedule.

The two national semifinal games would be played within the existing BCS bowl games (Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar) on a rotating basis, with the host sites being predetermined before each season. The national championship game would be offered to the highest bidding city.

"We're very unified," Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said. "There are issues that have yet to be finalized. There's always devil in the detail, from the model to the selection process, but clearly we've made a lot of progress."

Let's just hope the new selection committee does not produce as many headaches as the current BCS selection committee (though I am not overly optimistic). More links and stories after the jump.

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