The College Football Playoff has just taken another step toward expanding to the proposed 12-team format.

That’s the latest from Mississippi State President and CFP Board of Managers Chairman Mark Keenum, who issued a statement following the board’s Dallas meeting on Tuesday.

If you missed the news, the College Football Playoff is considering expanding to a 12-team format which would include the six highest-ranked conference champions and six at-large teams. There would be no automatic berths in the proposed plan. The top four conference champions would get a bye during the first round of the Playoff while the next four highest-ranked teams would have the opportunity to host a Playoff game.

During the Tuesday meeting, the board authorized the CFP management committee to continue its plan to expand to the 12-team Playoff format.

It’s important to note expansion to the Playoff has not yet been finalized.

Here is the statement issued by Keenum on Tuesday:

“The College Football Playoff (CFP) board of managers today heard a presentation from a working group appointed to look into the possibility of expanding the College Football Playoff. It was an excellent presentation and on behalf of the board, I am grateful to the four members who spent two years discussing this important issue and arriving at its recommendation for a 12-team playoff.

“The four-team playoff has been a great success and I’m confident it will remain a success. Nevertheless, it is our responsibility to explore options to make it even better by increasing the number of schools that participate in it.

“Having heard the presentation made today by the working group, along with the management committee that joined us for today’s meeting, the board has authorized the management committee to begin a summer review phase that will engage other important voices in this matter. These include many people on our campuses, such as student-athletes, athletics directors, faculty athletics representatives, coaches, and university presidents and chancellors. Their opinions are important, and we want to hear them.

“We have relationships with the bowls and a broadcast partner with whom we will want to consult to explore the feasibility of the 12-team proposal.

“This too will happen during this summer study period. Having given the management committee the charge to look into expansion, it is our duty to take their good work and ascertain whether it is feasible based on the feedback we receive. I caution observers of our process not to rush to conclusions about what this board may decide. The working group has presented us a thorough and thoughtful proposal. There is more work to do, more listening to do and more information needed before we can make a decision.

“We look forward to hearing more and learning more in time for our next meeting in September.”