Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

New football playoff might be tweaked before it even starts

Sidelined: UNC coach Roy Williams has surgery for a tumor in a kidney but isn’t expected to miss games.

Associated Press

Sidelined: UNC coach Roy Williams has surgery for a tumor in a kidney but isn’t expected to miss games.

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 Athletic director Pat Haden rescinded the ban two days later.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, 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, 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.

New football playoff might be tweaked before it even starts 09/19/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 11:13pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Gators rally past Kentucky, streak hits 31


    LEXINGTON, Ky. — For the second week in a row, Florida found itself storming the field in a game that came down to the last second. A 57-yard field-goal attempt by Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis came just a few feet short of making history and snapping a 30-year losing streak, as the No. 20 Gators escaped a …

    Florida wide receiver Brandon Powell (4) scores a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Lexington, Ky.
  2. Pen makes it way too interesting as Rays hang on for 9-6 win


    A couple of home runs provided the news pegs of the night for the Rays, but it was more topical to talk about what nearly happened as they hung on for a 9-6 win over the Orioles.

    Lucas Duda's three-run homer in the third inning was the Rays' record-breaking 217th of the season, as well as his …

  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    RHP Jake Odorizzi admitted he probably should have gone on the DL sooner than late July for the back stiffness that was keeping him from throwing the ball where he wanted to. He has since found an impressive groove, with another strong outing Saturday.

  4. Matt Baker's takeaways from Florida State-N.C. State


    RB Cam Akers still looks like a former high school quarterback at times. His first two touches (30 yards) were special, but the freshman juked instead of powering ahead on his third (an unsuccessful third-and-1 rush). That's why the Seminoles are easing him in, as they did with Dalvin Cook three years ago.

    Running back Cam Akers carries for a first down during the third quarter as FSU eases the freshman into the college game.
  5. An attempt to project what Rays will look like in 2018

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — We know what the Rays look like this year: a team that had enough talent but too many flaws, in construction and performance, and in the next few days will be officially eliminated from a wild-card race it had a chance to win but let slip away.

    Adeiny Hechavarria, high-fiving Lucas Duda, seems likely to be brought back.