EDMOND — Between practice swings on the manicured greens of Oak Tree National golf course, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops expressed an affinity for a four-team college football playoff.
Stoops was one of several FBS coaches participating in a charity tournament organized by former Oklahoma State golfer Scott Verplank.
“I like it,” said Stoops at the Verplank Foundation Invitational. “I've always said as long as the BCS bowls are involved in it and that the bowls can remain, that's thing, I think, that we've really got to protect. The way it's looking, I'm kind of in favor of the way it's going.”
He's in luck.
The BCS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick asked the BCS presidential oversight committee to approve a four-team playoff system.
The system would begin during 2014 and, if approved, replace the Bowl Championship Series. Since 1998, the BCS — with its bugs and occasional clinks — has been big-time college football's operating system.
Coach Mike Gundy's OSU Cowboys finished No. 3 in the final 2011 AP poll and might've had an opportunity to play for a national title under the proposed new system. He's all for a four-team playoff but said that's where it should stop.
“You know, there's pros and cons,” Gundy said. “Some people say, ‘what about the fifth team?' If you go to an eight-team (playoff), it's always gonna be what about the ninth team?
“I think the four-team gives everybody in the country an opportunity to be there in the end, and then play it off. I think the fans and the players, who we should concern ourselves about most, want to play it off.”
North Carolina's Larry Fedora also supports a four-team playoff, though he said he didn't see a lot wrong with the BCS. But it's not the playoff that has his attention as much as how those four teams might find their way to a championship semifinal game.
“I'm more interested in seeing now how they're going to select the four teams, so you have an idea of what it takes to get in,” the former Oklahoma State assistant coach said.
No matter how those teams are selected, the prevailing truth is those teams will have to win games to have a chance to prove they belong in a championship semifinal. Last season, none of the top-four teams in the AP rankings finished with more than two losses.
A big change might be imminent for FBS football, and Fedora said he doesn't think that's necessarily a bad thing.
“I think it will be a great thing for college football,” Fedora said.