It turns out the Big Ten and Pacific 10 were not alone in putting a stop to a proposal for a "plus-one" Bowl Championship Series playoff.
A proposal by Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive would have put the top four teams in the BCS standings in a playoff, but the measure never had a chance.
As Chris Dufrense of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "This was as predictable as Duke losing a football game."
Also expressing concern about the proposal were the Big 12, Big East and Notre Dame.
Bottom line: There will be no playoff until 2014 at the earliest.
Conference commissioners say the game has never been better. And really, who can disagree? Consider that two more bowls have been added — the Congressional Bowl in Washington and the St. Petersburg Bowl — bringing the postseason lineup to a whopping 34 games. That means virtually any team that can crank out a 6-6 record will be headed to the postseason. Yes, it's worse than the NHL or NBA playoffs.
What incentive is there for the Big East to support a "plus-one" format? The eight-team league now has seven bowl tie-ins.
Adding the St. Petersburg game also increases ESPN's stock in the postseason. The network now owns, operates and televises six bowls, the others being Las Vegas, Hawaii, Armed Forces, Papajohns.com and New Mexico.
The formula for success is simple: Line up the nonconference schedule with home games against the likes of Tennessee Tech, Maine, Wofford and Villanova, ensuring four victories. Then grind out a 2-6 conference record and presto — you're bowling!
Who says the game has problems?