In a special pregame ceremony at tonight's 16th and final BCS Championship Game, Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the Bowl Championship Series, will commemorate Roy Kramer's vision for a definitive national championship game and his service to college football.
In 1997, Kramer, while serving as commissioner of Southeastern Conference, joined others who recognized the significant benefits of a matchup between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams at the end of the season. The first BCS game, which took place the next year, ushered in a new postseason format in college football. Generally regarded as the "Father of the BCS," Kramer forged a consensus among conferences, institutions and bowl games that previously had not been achieved. In doing so, he spearheaded and served as the first administrator of the system today known as the Bowl Championship Series.
"Thanks to the vision Roy Kramer and many others shared, college football entered a new phase 16 years ago," Hancock said. "As we prepare to move into the College Football Playoff next year, we thank Roy for his role in creating this arrangement that has done so much to benefit the game we all cherish."