SEC’s Sankey uncertain on increased CFP earlier than 2026

SEC’s Sankey uncertain on increased CFP earlier than 2026

Sep 3, 2022

  • Trace SchlabachESPN Senior Creator


    • Senior college soccer writer
    • Creator of seven books on college soccer
    • Graduate of the University of Georgia

ATLANTA — SEC commissioner Greg Sankey will not be the truth is assured a 12-team Faculty Soccer Playoff will assemble its debut earlier than the 2026 season.

Sankey, speaking to newshounds Saturday earlier than No. 3 Georgia’s contest against No. 11 Oregon at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, talked about there may be simply too noteworthy to manufacture earlier than the expanded playoff can happen and that every conference will must get on the same page to assemble essential changes in a bustle.

“If history’s a lesson to reduction us understand the prolonged bustle, it’s far maybe not uncomplicated,” Sankey talked about. “But minds switch, motivations switch. … There is a bunch of tantalizing facets. That is where I wish we would per chance also indulge in frail the final nine months to work. We’ll must speed our consideration to assemble it happen.”

On Friday, the Faculty Soccer Playoff’s board of managers unanimously voted to expand the playoff to 12 teams beginning in 2026. But the board, which consists of 11 presidents and chancellors, inspired the sport’s commissioners to raise a glance at to implement the expanded layout as soon as 2024.

The 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick are scheduled to meet Thursday in Irving, Texas, to originate up discussions on potentially enforcing the layout early.

The 12-team playoff will consist of the six highest-ranked conference champions and 6 at-immense teams.

The Faculty Soccer Playoff working neighborhood, which incorporated Sankey, first revealed in June 2021 that it used to be proposing a 12-team layout. Conference commissioners looked ready to vote to implement it, but the board of managers introduced in February that the four-team mannequin would remain in plot throughout the discontinue of the 12-365 days tv contract that runs throughout the 2025 season.

The ACC, Immense Ten and Pac-12 were against the expanded playoff. But following one other wave of realignment, with USC and UCLA tantalizing from the Pac-12 to the Immense Ten and the Immense Ten agreeing to a seven-365 days, $7 billion media rights deal in August, rising the CFP another time took heart stage.

“I’m per chance not the one to search information from what changed,” Sankey talked about. “Others are per chance incentivized because they made growth choices that hotfoot into assemble early next 365 days. They’re per chance having a glance at opportunities sooner in its attach of later. Ours is slated for 2025, and we made that call brilliant it’ll additionally be a four-team playoff then. I’ve talked about many instances, with immense that plot, that [the SEC] would per chance also indulge in stayed at four past [the current deal], per what took plot the final 12 months.”

Sankey talked about CFP growth wouldn’t primarily switch the SEC’s timeline for bringing Oklahoma and Texas into the league in 2026. The Sooners and Longhorns indulge in talked about they intend to live within the Immense 12 unless its media-rights contract expires on the discontinue of the 2024-25 academic 365 days. The colleges would must pay hefty buyouts to exit earlier, except they may be able to attain a settlement with the Immense 12.

“That is a name to be made between the Immense 12 Conference and the University of Oklahoma and University of Texas,” Sankey talked about.