Thursday, December 14, 2017
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New football playoff might be tweaked before it even starts

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Conference commissioners are considering adding a game to be part of the semifinal rotation for college football's new playoff.

The plan approved in June called for the national semi­finals to rotate among six bowl sites. The years they do not host semifinals, they would host marquee bowl games.

There are details to be worked out before the format is implemented in 2014, including the composition of the selection committee that will pick the participants, site of the first championship, name of the championship and revenue distribution.

Now the plan might be tweaked to give teams that don't make the playoff more chances to play in high-revenue games.

Two sites are set: the Rose Bowl, the destination for the Big Ten and Pac-12 champions, and Orange Bowl, which has a new long-term deal with the ACC.

The site of the new game between the Big 12 and SEC is expected to be in. Those leagues are expected to choose among Atlanta, Houston, Arlington, Texas, and New Orleans next month. One or more of the losers could be involved in the national playoff via the Sugar Bowl (New Orleans) or Cotton Bowl (Arlington). The Fiesta Bowl also is expected to be in the rotation.

There is no timetable to determine the sites or how many there will be.

curt kiffin: USC coach Lane Kiffin ended a news conference after 28 seconds.

After an opening statement about Saturday's game against Cal, Kiffin answered a question about an injured player by saying, "I don't know." He interrupted the second question by saying "I've got to go," then jogged away from reporters.

In August, USC announced a new policy requesting the media attending practice not report on strategy or injuries that occur at practice. Last week, Kiffin banned a reporter for reporting on an injury that occurred away from practice. Athletic director Pat Haden rescinded the ban two days later.

Big East expansion: The Big East is divided over pursuing Air Force or BYU as its 14th football member while also considering creating a 16-team league by adding Army, Air Force and BYU, ESPN.com reported. Pittsburgh and Syracuse are leaving after this season. Boise State, UCF, Houston, Memphis, San Diego State and SMU are joining in 2013. Navy is joining in 2015, and new commissioner Mike Aresco recently reiterated the plan to add a 14th member. The amount the Big East receives for its new TV deal could be a factor in attracting BYU, Air Force or Army as football-only members, ESPN.com reported. On Sept. 1, the Big East began a 60-day exclusive negotiating window with ESPN. If a deal isn't reached by Nov. 1, the league can talk to other networks.

SEC: ESPN and the SEC are in "the final stages" of negotiations that will create an SEC network starting in August 2014, the Sports Business Journal reported. The network would be similar to those of the Big Ten and Pac-12. The largest remaining issue reportedly is buying out local TV rights, which belong to individual schools and have been sold to multiple companies.

TCU: Leading rusher Waymon James is out for the season with an undisclosed left knee injury.

Men's basketball: Roy Williams has surgery

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina coach Roy Williams, 62, had surgery to remove a tumor from his right kidney. But he is expected to be on the sideline when the season starts despite possible surgery for a tumor in his left kidney. The severity of the tumor is unknown.

Germany game: Connecticut and Michigan State will play in the first regular-season game in Europe, Nov. 9 at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

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