When USA Today published an internal BCS document earlier this month outlining the potential four-team playoff models currently being discussed, fans and media were nearly universally bewildered by an option entitled "Four Teams Plus," in which the Rose Bowl would continue hosting the Big Ten and Pac-12 champions whether or not they qualified for a playoff. The common refrain: The stodgy old Rose Bowl is mucking things up again.
It turns out Rose Bowl officials were just as surprised as the rest of us.
"That was the first we ever heard of that model," said Kevin Ash, the Rose Bowl's chief administrative officer.
Given that the plan is insulting to both the current system, the sport's fans' mandate to crown a clear champion on the field, and even to Rose Bowl purists, this shouldn't come as a total shock.
Never change, J.D. Never change.