By Greg Johnson
A new selection process to be followed only in the event that bowl-eligible teams in the Football Bowl Subdivison are exhausted was approved Thursday by the Division I Board of Directors.
The board was concerned that conferences and bowls could become overcommitted and not account for potential of bowl ineligibility due to factors beyond won-lost records, such as infractions penalties and Academic Progress Rate deficiencies.
Under the process approved Thursday, if a bowl has one or more conferences/teams unable to meet their contractual commitments and there are no available bowl-eligible teams, the open spots can be filled – by the bowl sponsoring agencies – as follows:
A bowl will be allowed to use the extra pools of teams only one time over a four-year period. The special provision ends after four years in order to encourage bowls and institutions/conferences to avoid over commitment. Currently, 35 bowls are available for Football Bowl Subdivision teams.
To be bowl eligible, teams must meet academic standards and have at least a 6-6 record, in which only one of the victories is against a team from the FCS.
In other business, the Board: