New playoff's sites, dates take shape

KEY BISCAYNE — The first semifinal games in the new college football playoff system will be played in the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2015.

The BCS conference commissioners announced the dates and rotation for all 12 years of the upcoming postseason format after a meeting Monday.

Whether they are hosting a semifinal or just a marquee bowl game, the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl will always be played on Jan. 1, or Jan. 2 in years in which New Year's Day falls on Sunday. In the eight years in which the Rose and Sugar do not host the semifinals, the four playoff teams will kick off on New Year's Eve or Saturday, Dec. 30.

Either way there will be a triple-header of major games, two semifinals and four other marquee bowl games, on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day starting from the 2014 season to the 2025 season.

The site of the first championship game is still to be picked; Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, seems to be the front-runner. Title games will always be on Mondays, at least seven days after the semifinals. The first will be Jan. 12, 2015.

In the second year of the playoff, the Orange Bowl will host a semifinal on Dec. 31, 2015, along with one of three other sites still to be determined.

big east: San Diego State will attend Big East meetings in Dallas on Friday, but the school has talked to the Mountain West about staying in that conference rather than honoring a commitment to join the Big East for football only in 2013. Big East commissioner Mike Aresco expects a decision in about two weeks: "Every indication is they want to stay. Whether they will or not we still don't know.''

klein to play at trop: Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, a Heisman Trophy finalist who finished third in voting, will play in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 19 at Tropicana Field.

going, staying: Texas A&M offensive tackle and Outland Trophy winner Luke Joeckel, Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert, Stanford cornerback Terrence Brown and California cornerback Steve Williams will skip their senior seasons for the NFL draft. Some believe Joeckel could be the No. 1 overall pick. Arizona State All-America defensive tackle Will Sutton, the Pac-12 defensive player of the year, will return for his senior season.

Louisiana Tech: New coach Skip Holtz hired Joe Sloan as inside receivers coach. Sloan was an offensive quality control assistant under Holtz at USF from 2010-11 and in 2012 was a Bulls graduate assistant.

SYRACUSE: Defensive coordinator Scott Shafer will reportedly be promoted to his first head coaching job. Doug Marrone left to coach the Bills. There is no official announcement, but Shafer's Wikipedia page was updated Monday to say he was the coach.

ucf: Lorenzo Costantini was named defensive line coach and Mike Buscemi was named special teams' coordinator and tight ends coach. Costantini was Knights defensive line coach from 2000-03. Buscemi was a UCF long snapper from 2004-07.

washington state: A Pac-12 investigation found no evidence of physical or mental abuse of players under coach Mike Leach. That mirrored the findings of Washington State's internal review. Receiver Marquess Wilson said near the end of last season players were suffering physical and mental abuse from coaches. Wilson, who quit the team, subsequently recanted, saying he did a poor job of trying to explain why he left.

New playoff's sites, dates take shape 01/08/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 11:15pm]

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