College Football Playoff expansion is dead, for now.
ACC commissioner Jim Phillips told reporters Friday the conference opposes moving from a four-team model to eight or 12 teams, with coaches being “unanimous” that the sport should hold off. Since expanding the CFP requires unanimous consent among league commissioners, that means, until the current deal expires in 2026, the sport will be stuck at four unless Phillips changes his mind.
“The membership of the ACC is very much aligned in its position that now is not the time to expand the College Football Playoff,” Phillips said.
Last summer, it looked like a 12-team model would come to fruition after a working group made a triumphant announcement about expansion. But after Oklahoma and Texas joined the SEC, causing friction among members, questions started to pop up. In recent weeks, expansion has looked less and less likely.
Phillips cited three reasons for holding off: athlete health and safety with extra games, recent disruption to the sport’s landscape and wanting a holistic review of college football that includes feedback from athletes. He noted Clemson’s players, who have played up to 15 games, don’t want more added to the season.>
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Earlier in the year, Phillips said, the conference supported an eight-team model, but their stance has been unchanged since the fall.
It’s a curious stance to hold for a conference that has put just one permanent member other than Clemson into the CFP since its inception, and failed to get anyone in this year. With the Tigers replacing both their offensive and defensive coordinators in 2022, it’s no guarantee they’ll be back, either.
Notre Dame got in as an ACC member last year, but was only temporarily part of the conference as a result of the pandemic. It’s been speculated that Phillips’ stance is in part posturing to get the Irish — who hold their own lucrative media rights deal with NBC — to permanently join the conference, which he said was “absolutely” not the case.
Other commissioners have cited automatic qualifiers and keeping the bowl system relevant as reasons to hold off expanding.
Phillips said the sport should focus on expanding after the current deal expires in 2026, instead of rushing something through now.
Source : https://nypost.com/2022/01/14/acc-kills-possibility-of-college-football-playoff-expansion/814