BCS conferences using the rope-a-dope

Consider the endless BCS talks about a fifth bowl or a piggyback game as nothing more than strategy -- and this fight is far from over.

Originally Published: June 7, 2004
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

If you're confused about the endless BCS discussions concerning a fifth bowl beginning in the 2006 season, think in terms of Muhammad Ali and the rope-a-dope.

Though a conference call of Division I-A commissioners is scheduled for Wednesday, no decision will be made on it. Such is the slow pace of compromise that a phone call has been scheduled to discuss whether the commissioners, none of whom really like the idea of a fifth bowl, have enough common ground to continue discussions.

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