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New BCS system makes it harder for South Florida to host national championship game

By Dieter Kurtenbach, Sun Sentinel Published: December 26, 2012

“We've heard from 12 to 15 different cities, informally, about hosting a National Championship game,” BCS executive director Bill Hancock said. “It's the usual suspects.”

The ‘usual suspects' is code, meaning cities that bid for the Super Bowl. And while not all will be selected, the selection pool will grow significantly in comparison to years past.

Orange Bowl committee vice president and spokesman Larry Wahl isn't sure when the Orange Bowl will enter the bidding for another national championship game — there will likely be a break — but with South Florida bidding for the right to host Super Bowl 50 in 2016 — it would be the area's 11th Super Bowl — Wahl is hoping to piggyback, a bit, off that bid.

“I'd imagine we'd be well-served to use the expertise of that Super Bowl Committee,” Wahl said. “If we use their expertise and combine it with our expertise and connections in college athletics, I'd think we'd have a great shot.”

Hancock couldn't think of any quality that would exclude South Florida from bidding for future title games, in fact he lauded South Florida's rich college football tradition as a quality he hopes other bidding cities carry.

Still, with next month's game being the second-to-last National Championship Game played under this BCS system, the Orange Bowl Committee is aware that the pressure is on.

“The importance of this year's impression certainly serves to influence those who decide where the National Championship Game will be played in the future,” Wahl said. “You have to earn (a National Championship Game), and we're looking to do that.”

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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