From USA Today (4/23): BCS group ready to begin discussions of future changesBy Kelly Whiteside, USA TODAY Just as most spring football games wrap up Saturday, officials from the Bowl Championship Series begin three days of meetings Monday in Phoenix to discuss changing the poll which determines the teams that play in the national championship game. After the meetings, the group — the 11 Division I-A conference commissioners, an athletics director from each of the 11 conferences, TV partner ABC and all four BCS bowls — will pass on its recommendations to school presidents and chancellors for approval. Changes to the BCS poll will be announced at the start of the summer. "I'd like to think that coming out of this meeting we'll be very close to where we want to be," BCS coordinator Mike Tranghese said Thursday. "We're hoping we can reconfigure the whole system so it simplified and more understandable, so that the computers will be there to help make a determination when there is conflict or confusion but of itself not make a decision." The changes will be in place for next season's national title game, hosted by the Orange Bowl. Last season ended with controversy when the computes delivered a BCS title game that left out Southern California, the No. 1 team in the coaches' and media polls. LSU and USC were crowned co-champions. "We broke the poll down in parts," said Tranghese, the Big East commissioner. "We've taken a long look at the human portion and candidly, even though the public will accept the human polls, we believe they're flawed because of their starting points. They start with one team ranked No. 1 and one team ranked No. 30 before a game is ever played." BCS officials first approached the Associated Press, the administrator of the media poll, to see if AP would start its poll in the fourth or fifth game of the season; AP officials declined. "We have taken the computer portion of it and have had it dissected in every imaginable way possible. I think our group has not heard the full presentation, but they will get it at this meeting," Tranghese said. "On the table we'll be re-weighting certain things. There is also going to be a discussion on how to weight games played on the road against games played at home. "I don't know if there is any support for this. But there may be a discussion for (incorporating) margin of victory in a very, very limited way. Then I think it will be about what value we give the human polls vs. the computers." "We will have a discussion about the team that doesn't win its conference championship not being eligible (for the title game). Though that sounds good on paper, we have shown examples where a team has not won its championship but clearly could be the No. 1 team in the country," Tranghese said. "There are people who have asked us to adopt a straight rule that if you're No. 1 in both (human) polls, that's it." The bowls bidding to be the fifth BCS game beginning with the 2006 season will also be discussed. "The one thing we have agreed to is whoever this fifth bowl is, we will craft it so it is not viewed as a bowl below our current partners. It has got to be an equal partner," Tranghese said.