Mark Keenum, CFP Chair and Mississippi State president, offers guidance around expansion talks
Mark Keenum, the College Football Playoff chair and president of Mississippi State, has shared an update on the potential next steps for the expanded playoff format.
Speaking with Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated, Keenum said at the Spring Meetings in Destin, Florida that he hopes the officials in charge can agree on a playoff format by next summer. The CFP Board, the Playoff’s highest-ranking governance body made up of 10 FBS presidents and the president of Notre Dame, is planning to meet in August to give more direction on expansion discussions to the CFP Management Committee. The CFP Committee is made up of the 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick.
“I hope we can get something done within a year,” Keenum, the Mississippi State president, told Sports Illustrated.
After the CFP Committee members did not agree on a new playoff format, the CFP Board is taking a more authoritative role in guiding the next round of expansion discussions, Keenum said.
They needed unanimity for the proposal to pass, but 3 of the 11 Board members — from the ACC, Pac-12 and Big Ten —voted against a 12-team model that was at first proposed last summer.
CFP presidents will soon provide guidance to commissioners for the next round of playoff expansion talks, CFP Chair Mark Keenum tells @SINow.
Keenum “hopes” a format can be agreed to by next summer & feels 10 of 11 leagues would support an expansion modelhttps://t.co/aCaEnhTXbK
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) June 2, 2022