What happens to the BCS AQ conference label? While sources said this discussion has not formally taken place yet, the "BCS AQ conference status label" is going, going, gone. "Oh yeah, they're gone," said one commissioner.
Added another source: "That term will go away, but they'll replace it with something different and just call it something else."
Don't be fooled, though. Getting rid of the BCS AQ status in 2014 won't mean all 11 conferences and Notre Dame will be treated as equals. They won't. And make no mistake, the BCS meetings are not a democracy. Although there are 12 voices in the room, only six really matter: SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12, ACC, Big 12 and Notre Dame.
Whatever plan the commissioners come up with for the 2014 postseason, Thompson has a pretty good read on what will happen next.
"We know whatever is determined," he said. "There still will be critics."
Those critics will have to wait a while longer, though. Hancock said the format will not be determined in next month's meetings in Hollywood, Fla., but a final decision could stretch into the summer or even the fall.
Everyone saw this coming. And while a lot of Bearcat fans are upset at the notion, I welcome it. The power has been in the greedy hands of corporations for too long. The NCAA needs to start dictating to some extent how the process should go instead of leaving it up to people who have no affiliation with the sport (besides for their cash cow bowl games).
Does this mean UC won't get an easy path to a BCS game by winning in a conference with little depth? Probably. But who cares as long as progress is being made towards a fair model.
Now this could just be another scheme to create higher profile matchups that will generate higher revenues (by limiting the chances of weak ACC/BigEast/Non-AQ teams of being in high profile games). But hopefully not. Hopefully its the first step towards revolution.