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CFP’s 12-team plan takes next step


College Football Playoff expansion took another step forward Friday as the full group of commission­ers who manage the postseason system wrapped up two days of digging into a plan for a 12-team format that would revamp the national championsh­ip. The first debate about what the final version of a new playoff will look like has emerged: The Pac-12 is pushing for each Power Five conference to receive an automatic berth. Expect at lot more negotiatin­g to come. “This is the beginning of a long, ongoing process,” Big 12 Commission­er Bob Bowlsby said as he departed Big Ten headquarte­rs in suburban Chicago. There’s no announced timeline and the earliest expansion would be possible is 2023 if there are no big snags. Change could be as far out as the 2026 season after the current media rights contract with ESPN expires. The proposal put forth by a subcommitt­ee that included Bowlsby doesn’t address when a new format could be implemente­d. Next week, the group reconvenes in Dallas to present the plan to the CFP’s Board of Managers, the university presidents who have the final say. Before anything becomes a done deal, the commission­ers want to hear from their local constituen­ts: athletic directors, coaches and players.

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