The BCS will hold meetings in Dallas on Wednesday and Thursday with the expected official announcement naming the Dallas area (Arlington, Tx) as the site for the first title game in January of 2015 expected to be made.
The two semifinal games will be played on New Year’s Day of January 2015 in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl.
The other games in the new system–the Fiesta Bowl, the Orange Bowl and bowl games in Atlanta and probably Dallas will be slotted around the New Year’s Day period.
The new system will have five conference champions guaranteed spots from the Big Twelve, the ACC, the Pac 12, the SEC and the Big Ten as well as a team with the highest ranking from the remaining conferences, including the Big East. The other at-large slots will be filled by teams from the other conferences and will be chosen by a selection committee which has yet to be formed.
The name BCS–Bowl Championship Series–will be retired and a new name will be chosen, most likely with a basic name such as The College Football Championships sponsored by (fill in the blank).
The Big East will not be a major player in this group. In fact, Big East commissioner Mike Aresco was in New York on Wednesday, continuing his work on finalizing television contracts in football and basketball and continuing talks with the representatives of the Catholic 7 schools who announced they were leaving the Big East in December.
The first changes in the conference will begin next fall when a 10 team football league begins play with the departure of Pittsburgh and Syracuse and the addition of Central Florida, Memphis, Houston and SMU. Tulane and East Carolina will join the league in 2014 as replacements for Louisville and Rutgers, who are going to the ACC and Big Ten. In 2015, Navy is scheduled to join as the conference’s 11th team.
The Big East will continue to search for a 12th member in football, with Tulsa being a prime target.
In basketball, Aresco and the Big East are working on keeping the Catholic 7 in the league for one more season, along with Rutgers, Louisville and Notre Dame, which will mean an 18 team configuration for the 2013-2014 season.
When Rutgers, Louisville, Notre Dame and the Catholic 7 leave in 2014, the Big East will add Tulane and presumably East Carolina, which will be elevated to full membership status.
One of the main negotiating points will be the name “Big East” which the Catholic 7 group wants. Aresco and the Big East will listen and could agree to giving up the name, with some concessions, one of which will include an understanding not to withdraw until July 1, 2014.
The Big East football group must find a place to hold its basketball tournament, which has been a fixture at Madison Square Garden in New York. Garden officials are expected to choose the Catholic 7 schools, which could send the football Big East to other place such as Philadelphia or Memphis.
Although it will not make any formal request for a change, the Big East is expected to full support any motion by the Big 12 to change the rules which allow conference championship games in football to be held with a minimum of 10 teams, rather than the current number of 12.
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