Interesting piece on Stewart Mandel’s blog over at

Apparently, Pac-10 commissioner Thomas Hansen would rather pull out of the BCS rather than lose whatever is left of the sanctity of the Rose Bowl, if the BCS chooses to go with a “plus-one” model to decide the national champ.

bq. “Our presidents have no interest whatsoever in a plus-one model — none. It’s a little annoying that my colleagues continue to float this idea as though it has merit. If they continue to push it, and try to push us into a corner …” What? The Pac-10 would leave the BCS? “Yes,” he said. “No question.”

Mandel hits all the points right on his blog.

* Would the presidents and chancellors of some of the biggest, most storied programs in college football really go along with being left out of the national championship?

* The whole “keeping the Rose Bowl the Rose Bowl” is long gone. The “traditional” Big Ten/Pac-10 matchup has given way, in recent years, to Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska playing in it (all Big 12 schools) and Miami (a Big East team at the time, but now in the ACC).

* And of course, most of the fans and alumni of the various institutions will be pissed if their schools miss out on a chance at the national title.

Something Mandel doesn’t mention, the Pac-10 would probably lose a lot of money if it leaves the BCS. The BCS is (or can be) a money-making juggernaut. Why would the biggest conference on the west coast want to be left out of it? Just to keep a silly little bowl game?

This may all be a minute matter because we have to wait for the BCS contract with FOX to end and we have to wait for the Rose Bowl’s contract with ABC to finish before we can really start thinking about revamping the BCS … again.

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