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Orange deal could tweak new playoff

A pending deal to restrict access to the Orange Bowl is one key reason conference commissioners are leaning toward adding a game to the new college football postseason system.

The original plan for the four-team playoff that will replace the Bowl Championship Series in 2014 called for the national semifinals rotating among six marquee bowls.

Now it looks as if the rotation will have seven games. The conference commissioners and Notre Dame's athletic director met in Chicago this week regarding the proposal

"I think there is enough support for it to make it happen," Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson said.

Miami's Orange Bowl is working on an agreement to match Notre Dame or a Big Ten or SEC team with an ACC team during seasons the game doesn't host a semifinal.

BAYLOR 47, LA.-MONROE 42: Nick Florence threw for 351 yards and a career-high four scores as the visiting Bears won their ninth straight.

NORTH CAROLINA: An attorney released cellphone records for fired coach Butch Davis, saying they should prove Davis did nothing wrong regarding player misconduct. A judge ruled last month that Davis' job-related calls should be public.

BULLYING: The president of Saginaw (Mich.) Valley State referred to an assault complaint by a player that teammates touched him with their genitals in the locker room last month as apparent "bullying." Eric Gilbertson made the remark in an email to more than a dozen people. The player, a 17-year-old freshman, was punished by teammates for refusing to sing.

GILLISPIE CLAIM: The mother of a teenager at a Billy Gillispie basketball camp said in a letter to Texas Tech's chancellor that the former Red Raiders coach repeatedly verbally abused her son, the Associated Press reported. Gillispie resigned Thursday, citing health reasons.

MORE BASKETBALL: Northwestern suspended junior guard JerShon Cobb for the season.

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