ACC kills risk of College Football Playoff growth

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College Football Playoff growth is useless, for now.

ACC commissioner Jim Phillips instructed reporters Friday the convention opposes transferring from a four-team mannequin to eight or 12 groups, with coaches being “unanimous” that the game ought to maintain off. Since increasing the CFP requires unanimous consent amongst league commissioners, which means, till the present deal expires in 2026, the game shall be caught at 4 except Phillips adjustments his thoughts.

“The membership of the ACC is very much aligned in its position that now is not the time to expand the College Football Playoff,” Phillips stated.

Last summer time, it seemed like a 12-team mannequin would come to fruition after a working group made a triumphant announcement about growth. But after Oklahoma and Texas joined the SEC, inflicting friction amongst members, questions began to pop up. In current weeks, growth has seemed much less and fewer probably.

ACC commissioner Jim Phillips and PAC-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff talk during the Division I Men's Soccer ChampionshipACC commissioner Jim Phillips and PAC-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff speak throughout the Division I Men’s Soccer ChampionshipGetty Images

Phillips cited three causes for holding off: athlete well being and security with additional video games, current disruption to the game’s panorama and wanting a holistic evaluation of faculty soccer that features suggestions from athletes. He famous Clemson’s gamers, who’ve performed as much as 15 video games, don’t need extra added to the season.

Earlier within the yr, Phillips stated, the convention supported an eight-team mannequin, however their stance has been unchanged because the fall.

It’s a curious stance to carry for a convention that has put only one everlasting member apart from Clemson into the CFP since its inception, and didn’t get anybody on this yr. With the Tigers changing each their offensive and defensive coordinators in 2022, it’s no assure they’ll be again, both.

Notre Dame received in as an ACC member final yr, however was solely quickly a part of the convention because of the pandemic. It’s been speculated that Phillips’ stance is partially posturing to get the Irish — who maintain their very own profitable media rights take care of NBC — to completely be part of the convention, which he stated was “absolutely” not the case.

Other commissioners have cited computerized qualifiers and preserving the bowl system related as causes to carry off increasing.

Phillips stated the game ought to concentrate on increasing after the present deal expires in 2026, as an alternative of speeding one thing via now.

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