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By this time next week, college football's future playoff system should have a name, writes Blair Kerkhoff of The Kansas City Star.

"It will be simple and descriptive," Bill Hancock, executive director of the playoff and championship game, told Kerkhoff for his Sunday story.

It won't be "cutesy," Hancock added.

Well, any ideas?

Perhaps you should make your voice heard in advance of key meetings this week in Pasadena, Calif., involving conference commissioners and an athletic directors advisory group.

In addition to a name for the playoff, the meetings will decide the site of the first title game, to be played after the 2014 season. The finalists are Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

Many regard Cowboys Stadium as the clear-cut favorite. Not so fast, Kerkhoff writes. Tampa's bid apparently was aggressive.

The first championship game is set for Jan. 12, 2015, and only that game’s site will be announced this week.

What won't be determined at the meetings that begin on Tuesday and run for three days is the identification of the selection committee. There's work to do on that, Hancock tells Kerkhoff.

Hancock did say the committee will consist of 15-22 members with all 10 Division I conferences represented. Its makeup will somewhat resemble the Division I basketball committee, which selects the NCAA Tournament at-large field, but could also include former commissioners, coaches and even a former media representative, according to Hancock.

Tom Osborne told me recently he would consider such a position if offered.

"I would have to look at the parameters, in terms of time commitment and how much you'd have to meet -- those kind of things," he said. "You're certainly not going to win a lot of friends. No matter what you do, there would be people who would be upset.

"I haven't been asked, obviously, and don't necessarily anticipate being asked. But if I was, I'd sure think about it."

Oh, and one other little item that may be discussed in back hallways and between golf shots: The notion that big football schools might eventually break away from the NCAA. Yeah, no biggie. 

Here's an excerpt from this excellent USA TODAY report by Dan Wolken and George Schroeder:

Although the notion that big football schools might eventually break away from the NCAA is not new, the overwhelming sense within the industry is that some sort of major change is on the horizon. Whether that change includes the NCAA completely, in part or not at all is now talked about openly and frequently among administrators, according to conversations with more than two dozen high-ranking college athletics officials across a spectrum of Division I conferences.

At any rate, the new playoff group, which doesn't have a name yet, already struck a 12-year, $5.64 billion deal with ESPN for television rights. Yes, billion.

So, regarding your idea for naming the new playoff ... Make it a good one.




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