NCAA president supports 4-team football playoff

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Mark Emmert says he would support a four-team football playoff.

The NCAA president made his remarks Thursday after giving his annual state of the association speech at the governing body's national convention in Indianapolis.

Emmert says that while the NCAA was meeting in Indy this week, he was tracking this week's discussions in New Orleans, including the proposed four-team BCS playoff. Anything larger may be too much. Emmert says he will not support a 16-team tournament because it would make the season too long, increase the risk of injury, intrude on classes and likely eliminate the current bowl system.

He says a smaller tournament, though, could be successful.