SEC commissioner Greg Sankey has made it very clear that his conference was not the driving forced behind an expanded College Football Playoff field.
During an appearance with The Paul Finebaum Show on Wednesday, Sankey reiterated that point — revealing that the CFP Board of Managers were the ones who wanted to see the change.
“Presidents of the CFP Board of Managers very clearly said ‘we want to see this (12-team) format and we want to see it now.’ By the way it wasn’t the SEC presidential representative who said it,” the commissioner explained.
“Presidents of the CFP Board of Managers very clearly said ‘we want to see this (12-team) format and we want to see it now.’ By the way it wasn’t the SEC presidential representative who said it.”
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— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) August 25, 2021
Along with Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, Mountain West Conference Commissioner Craig Thompson and Notre Dame Athletics Director Jack Swarbrick, Sankey is one of four appointed members of the working group for new CFP formats. Their proposal given earlier this summer would expand the playoff to 12 teams — including the six highest-ranked conference champions and the six highest-ranked teams selected by the CFP committee.
Yesterday, the Big Ten, the ACC and the Pac 12 formed an alliance, looking to gain an advantage regarding voting on things like this proposed postseason expansion. This move was also made in response to Sankey and the SEC poaching Texas and Oklahoma away from the Big 12 earlier this summer.
Several SEC leaders, including Alabama head coach Nick Saban, have voiced their displeasure with the proposed 12-team format.
At this point, a CFP expansion seems inevitable — adding to a long list of changes to the current college football landscape.
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