The NCAA governing body has approved a plan that will prevent any new college football bowl game from being introduced for three years, ESPN’s Brett McMurphy first reported.
Last season, a record 41 bowl games were played, which created a scarcity of winning teams left to fill the docket. That led to Minnesota, Nebraska and San Jose State — all with 5-7 records — being awarded bowl berths, setting another NCAA record. To put that into perspective, from 2001-2014, a total of just four teams with losing records had played in a bowl game.
McMurphy also reports that the NCAA Division I council will continue to “study the postseason issue” and evaluate the criteria for bowl eligibility, including determining whether the minimum requirement should be that of a winning record, or a team that finishes with a .500 mark.
This is the second moratorium from the NCAA in the past five years, the last coming in 2011. When the ban was lifted in 2014, six new bowl games were added over the next two years.
Austin, Texas, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Charleston, S.C., were the cities immediately affected, as each was looking to add bowl games in 2016.