NEW ORLEANS -- Bowl Championship Series officials are going to have serious discussions in the upcoming months about going to a plus-one format, which could create a four-team playoff.
Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford, the new coordinator of the BCS, said Monday he intends to lead a "thorough" evaluation of the plus-one format. The BCS must determine in the next nine to 12 months what format it will use for the 2010 season (2011 BCS bowl) so it can negotiate a new television deal.
Swofford takes over this year for Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive as the public face of the BCS.
Swofford and Slive, speaking to the Football Writers Association of America, said there was increased support among conference commissioners and university presidents for having serious discussions about the plus-one, which would set the national title game matchup after the Rose, Orange, Sugar and Fiesta bowls have been played.
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Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese and Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe have said they'd like to look deeper into a plus-one.
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen have said the university presidents they work for are opposed to moving the BCS to a plus-one, in part because it could make the Rose Bowl less attractive. The Big Ten and Pac-10 have a contractual relationship with the Rose Bowl.
"Notwithstanding that opposition, we will continue to discuss and evaluate the plus-one or formats of interest brought by others that come to the table," Slive said. "Fully understanding that in the final analysis that it comes down to each conference deciding what format it prefers."
Commissioners from all 11 major college football conferences will meet in Miami in April, and the plus-one will be a topic.
CHALLENGE 'EXCITES' JONES -- Staying at Hawaii would have been the easy choice for June Jones. It was the challenge of rebuilding a tattered football program that led him to take the coaching job at SMU, which stumbled to a 1-11 record this season.
"Where you are now excites me because the only way is up, and I am good at going up," Jones said.
The introduction of Jones at a booster-packed news conference ended the nation's longest college coaching search this season. It had been 70 days since Phil Bennett was dismissed with four games left in the season.
School officials hope Jones can bring some of Hawaii's run-and-shoot magic, which produced 43 points per game, an undefeated regular season and a BCS bowl berth this season.
Jones' decision to leave Hawaii came after an extraordinary bidding war that even involved the governor of Hawaii.
Leigh Steinberg, Jones' agent, said the coach accepted a five-year deal worth about $2 million per year. He said Hawaii offered about $1.6 million per year.
"In 30 years representing athletes, I've never seen the emotional reaction from a state like Hawaii," Steinberg said. "There was a flood of e-mails and calls exhorting him to stay."
NFL DRAFT EARLY ENTRIES -- Cornerback Aqib Talib and left tackle Anthony Collins, the first position players to be named All-American at Kansas since 1973, will pass up their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft. ... Texas sophomore tight end Jermichael Finley (45 catches, 573 yards) will follow teammate Jamaal Charles (tailback) into the draft. ... Virginia Tech cornerback Brandon Flowers, who told his team he's a projected second-round pick, will forgo his senior year.