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by Jason Kersey Published: April 23, 2012


Several coaches addressed the possibility of changes to the BCS on Monday's Big 12 teleconference.

Meetings are scheduled for later this week in Florida to discuss the future of the controversial system to determine college football's national champion.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops firmly stood against the idea of a playoff, but said he is in favor of a plus-one system, where the top four teams would meet in BCS bowls and the winners facing off in a championship game.

“I'm not for a playoff because it would ruin the bowl system, and I don't believe that would be good for student-athletes,” Stoops said. “The bowl experience overall is too positive for them.”

He said players could get a bowl experience in their BCS “semifinal,” and then, if they win, focus on the national championship game without pomp and circumstance of a regular bowl game.

Texas coach Mack Brown said he wants to see changes.

“I'm not really sure what I think would be best,” Brown said. “I don't like our current system”

Brown said he didn't like that Alabama and LSU met in a rematch for the national title, and that he thinks there needs to be more emphasis on strength of schedule than the BCS gives.

“I'd rather see the best teams play at the end; I don't think that happens always with the BCS,” Brown said.


Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville praised the Big 12's additions of TCU and West Virginia, but said he'd like to see two more teams added to reinstate a conference championship game.

But, Tuberville added, finding the schools won't be easy.

“Who's out there?” he asked. “Everyone is kind of scrambling around trying to fill it up.”

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy expressed his disappointment that Missouri and Texas A&M bolted for the SEC, but said he, too, likes the conference's new blood.

“Geographically it's a reach,” Gundy said of West Virginia, “ it's out there a little bit, but I think it was a good addition and should strengthen our football conference.”


Brown said last season, when his squad won eight games, was about getting Texas' pride and confidence back after a 5-7 season in 2010.

“We were disappointed we didn't win 10, because we felt like we had those opportunities,” Brown said of last season.

“I think now we're back ... where we feel like we have a chance to win every game. It's easy to say it; it's even easier to start feeling it again, but you've gotta produce.”


West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said ever since he was hired by the school, athletic director Oliver Luck has wanted to see the Mountaineers recruit more in Texas.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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