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Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner Jim Phillips said now is not the time to expand the college football playoffs, citing an abundance of uncertainty in college sports and the NCAA.

“For the ACC, we don’t have a problem with the college football playoffs,” Phillips said Friday during a conference call with reporters. “We have a college football and college athletics-slash-NCAA problem.”

Phillips said with the NCAA poised to embark on a Division I transformation, CFP expansion shouldn’t be a priority.

Phillips also cited the continued need for federal legislation regarding name, image and likeness compensation for athletes, the lingering ramifications of last year’s Supreme Court decision that struck down the limits. from the NCAA on the educational benefits of athletes and the possibility for athletes to organize themselves.

“ACC members are very aligned with his position that now is not the time to expand the college football playoffs,” Phillips said, taking the strongest public stance against the college’s early expansion. ‘one of the conference commissioners who was involved in dealing with it.

The 10 conference commissioners who make up the CFP’s management committee, along with Notre Dame’s athletic director, wrapped up three days of meetings last weekend ahead of the national title game in Indianapolis, expansion talks being still at a standstill and the hope of implementing a new format by 2024. .

But the door was not completely closed at the start of the expansion.

A 12-team playoff proposal has been on the table since June.

Phillips said the ACC only favored expanding to eight teams, but in November he determined there was too much going on in college sports to rush to expand the football playoffs. university.

The current 12-year playoff deal runs through the 2025 season. Phillips said the ACC isn’t against extending the format eventually, but not now.

There is no deal in place beyond 2025.

“Members believe we have a responsibility to look at CFP and college football from a holistic perspective and not just whether to add more teams to the playoffs. There are legitimate concerns about the welfare of student-athletes, the impact on academics and the length of the season,” Phillips said.

Phillips said that before PCP expands, a comprehensive review of how major college football works — from the recruiting schedule and transfer rules to the planning and conduct of spring and preseason training — should be done. carried out.


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