BCS director welcomes NCAA oversight

Updated: April 27, 2011, 9:06 PM ET
By Joe Schad | ESPN

The NCAA is exploring the role it plays in bowl oversight and president Mark Emmert will address the topic Thursday morning.

In the wake of a scandal that is jeopardizing the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl's place in the Bowl Championship Series, BCS executive director Bill Hancock said he would welcome additional oversight.

"I would think more oversight in general is good for college football," Hancock said. "Anyone that read the Fiesta Bowl report would agree."

The NCAA bowl licensing committee, which meets Thursday, has approved or eliminated bowls in the past largely on financial criteria. Emmert has been interested in exploring if the criteria should be expanded or if the NCAA should even be involved in the process, several commissioners said.

Hancock said the BCS believes it has the legal authority to remove the Fiesta Bowl as a BCS game if recommended by the BCS task force, but stressed "we are miles away from there."

Hancock added that the "reform package" that's been presented by the Fiesta Bowl in its bid to retain its elite status is "significant" and that "we don't have any reason to believe anything close to what happened in Phoenix is happening in [other bowls.]"

"Everything I've seen from the Fiesta Bowl is that they've overturned every rock," Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe said.

Sun Belt commissioner Wright Waters, who is also a member of the BCS task force that will determine the Fiesta Bowl's fate, said the tone of the meetings with the bowl has been "incredibly intense" and that "we all feel a black eye right now."

In other news, Hancock announced that a system of "peer review" by the owners of the computer formulas that are part of the BCS formula has been established to eliminate the data input error that occurred last season.

Joe Schad is a college football reporter for ESPN.

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