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Proposal to expand College Football Playoff to eight teams shelved

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Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott suggested expanding the College Football Playoff from four to eight teams for this season, but the CFP management committee did not approve the idea during Wednesday’s meeting, CFP executive director Bill Hancock told ESPN.

Although the playoff won’t expand this season, the commissioners have reviewed the current format annually. Wednesday’s meeting was the first time, though, that it became public that one Power 5 commissioner had specifically pitched an eight-team format to the group for consideration.

“They decided that doing that now would be such a significant change, and come with so many challenges, especially given the timing with the season already underway, that they concluded that the best outcome would be to make no changes in the format,” Hancock told ESPN. “They will continue to discuss the future, which is just good, responsible business practice, although I must say that dealing with COVID has become everyone’s focus now.”

For the format of the playoff to change, it would first need support from the 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick. The CFP board of managers, which comprises 11 university presidents and chancellors, has the ultimate authority. The CFP is in the seventh season of its 12-year contract.

“Whether it’s six or eight, at some point in time it’s going to happen,” Stanford coach David Shaw told reporters Wednesday. “We all know it; we all believe it. We’re just going to do it very, very slowly and methodically, but it’s the only thing that makes sense.

“The only thing that should matter is: Did you fight really, really hard your entire season to win your conference? If you did, you should get a ticket to the dance. Now, outside of those five, now who deserves it? You have to look at independents, you