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Replacement for BCS to be called College Football Playoff

Updated: 2013-04-24T01:30:46Z

By BLAIR KERKHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Bill Hancock was right when he told The Star last week that the name of the name of the new college football playoff would be simple and descriptive. Especially the simple part.

College Football Playoff.

The name of the four-team playoff that begins after the 2014 season was announced Tuesday in Pasadena, Calif.

“It’s nothing cute, nothing fancy,” Hancock said. “We decided to call the playoff what it is — the College Football Playoff. We think the new playoff will be the most dynamic improvement to college football in a generation. Certainly, it’s what the fans want.”

And fans are being asked to select a logo. Four choices are displayed on CollegeFootballPlayoff.com. Voting will take place April 23-29.

The website and Twitter handle @CFBPlayoff were announced Tuesday.

At least there will no longer be a BCS after this year.

“There are two letters that are not associated with this name,” Hancock said, referring to “B” and “S.”

Not all championships have or started with grand names.

The Super Bowl didn’t come along until the third game. The Green Bay Packers beat the Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders in the first two contests known as the World Championship Game.

Also, the NBA seems to do OK with its championship series moniker, NBA Finals (fill in the year).

So, College Football Playoff is not the World Series or Final Four. Maybe someday it will be assume a name for its trophy, like the Stanley Cup.

How about the Crystal Bowl? But Hancock said that the playoff trophy hasn’t been decided. The crystal-ball trophy is given to the team that finished first in the final USA Today coaches’ poll, which is also the BCS national champion.

On Wednesday, commissioners and other college sports officials meeting in Pasadena are expected to announce the site of the first championship game and the sites of the other major bowl games.

The group already has identified New Orleans and Pasadena, Calif., as the sites of the first national semifinals, after the 2014 season.

After 2014, the six major bowls will be played Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, with the first College Football Playoff title game scheduled for Jan. 12.

To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call 816-234-4730 or send email to bkerkhoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/BlairKerkhoff.

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