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Thompson pitches playoff plan

Updated: April 21, 2009, 9:43 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

PASADENA, Calif. -- If this were Hollywood, then Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson would have swooped into town, given his "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" speech, and then watched as college football's conscience-stricken power brokers changed their minds and voted for a playoff.

However, this is Pasadena, home of the Rose Bowl, 15 miles and five BCS games away from Hollywood. Thompson's fellow BCS commissioners listened Tuesday morning to his proposal for an eight-team ...

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