Friday, June 11, 2004

BCS bowl to be added in 2006

The Bowl Championship Series will play five games at the current four sites starting in the 2006 season, with the bowl that hosts the national title game also hosting an earlier contest.

Oregon University president Dave Fronhmayer said a committee of school presidents unanimously approved a plan that still would rotate the championship between the Sugar, Fiesta, Orange and Rose bowls but would schedule the game about a week after the other four.

The fifth BCS bowl is intended to give smaller conferences greater access to the big payout games. Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg said the BCS considered bringing in another host for the extra game, but current BCS bowls didn't like hosting the championship every five years instead of every four.

Fronhmayer said the committee rejected a plan to match the top two teams after the four BCS bowls, because it would be a step toward creating a playoff system.

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