After last year’s controversy surrounding the Big 12’s divisional three-way tiebreaker in football, commissioner Dan Beebe vowed the procedure would be reviewed.
That process happens today in Phoenix, where Big 12 football coaches will huddle up for their annual meeting to discuss, among other things, the league’s tiebreaker.
If a change in procedure is necessary, the coaches will make a formal recommendation to the league’s athletic directors, who will act on the proposal at the league’s spring meetings later this month in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Texas coach Mack Brown will not be attendance today so he can be with wife, Sally, while she recovers from wrist surgery. Associate athletic director Cleve Bryant will represent UT.
Brown previously has said he favors the SEC’s tiebreaking procedure.
OU coach Bob Stoops previously has said he’ll accept whatever tiebreaker is agreed upon.
Three-way divisional tiebreakers used by the SEC and Big 12 essentially are the same until the Bowl Championship Series standings are utilized.
The Big 12 ruling states the tied team ranked highest in the BCS standings following the conference’s last regular-season games will represent the division in the Big 12 championship game.
The same holds true in the SEC with the following stipulation: "Unless the second of the tied teams is ranked within five-or-fewer places of the highest-ranked tied team.