Rose Bowl CEO says College Football Playoff semifinal could be rescheduled: 'Flexibility is going to have to be key'
As cancelations and postponements in the SEC and other college football conferences mount, there is more talk about moving the postseason, including the College Football Playoff, to later dates.
As things are set up right now, conferences have set their championship games for Dec. 19 with the CFP selection committee unveiling its final Top 25 on Dec. 20, setting the lineup for the Playoff semifinals and New Year’s Six bowls.
Bob Bowlsby, the commissioner of the Big 12 and a member of the CFP operations committee, made headlines earlier Thursday when he acknowledged that the postseason games could be moved to later dates, which could allow the SEC and other conferences to move their conference championship games and reschedule makeup games. It appears the executives of the Rose Bowl, which is one of this year’s CFP semifinals on Jan. 1, are open to rescheduling the game.
“Right now we are still planning for January 1st CFP semifinal game at the Rose Bowl, but also you can’t avoid the headlines of what’s happening right now with the spread of the virus and its impact on college football,” Tournament of Roses CEO David Eads told James Crepea of The Oregonian/OregonLive Thursday afternoon. “I think similar to what you’ve heard from others, flexibility is going to have to be key.”
“We haven’t been asked to adjust up to this point,” Eads added. “If we’re not able to host a game on January 1st because of an outbreak of the virus and cancellation of games and those type of things and our date will have to change, we have to be flexible to that. We have to be flexible in our planning and we are being flexible in our planning in looking at all different contingencies. While we’re planning on January 1st and our hope is January 1st, we also have to be realistic.”
This will certainly be a closely followed storyline as the SEC and other conferences look to be makeup games to be able to crown division winners and hold a conference championship game.