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Plus-one playoff gains support among ADs

NEW YORK — Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby said Wednesday that the plus-one model — essentially a four-team playoff — is "inevitable."

A panel of ADs at the Intercollegiate Athletics Forum voiced opposition for a large I-A playoff but agreed a four-team format seemed likely down the road. Washington AD Scott Woodward said he supports the plus-one model and believes it will "eventually" happen.

The current BCS contract expires after the January 2014 bowl games. And NCAA president Mark Emmert said the plus-one is "entirely possible."

The SEC and ACC supported a four-team playoff in 2008 but were rebuffed by the other BCS conferences — Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-10 (now Pac-12).

But Monday, the Big 12's athletic directors voted to support the plus-one. And others are softening their view.

"I was vehemently against it initially," UCLA AD Dan Guerrero said. "But I'm a little more open to the discussion as it relates to a plus-one."

UNC Coach: Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora will take over at North Carolina, the Associated Press reported. Fedora, a Florida assistant for three seasons (including offensive coordinator in 2004), led the Golden Eagles to a school-record 11 wins this season. In four seasons, he was 33-19. Everett Withers, named interim coach after Butch Davis was fired just before fall drills, went 7-5 for the Heels.

Ariz. St. coach: SMU coach June Jones, at one point the top candidate to replace the fired Dennis Erickson, no longer is in the running, reported. No reason was given.

Penn St.: Former coach Joe Paterno's treatment for lung cancer is progressing well, the AP reported. Paterno, diagnosed last month, hasn't spoken publicly since his dismissal after the arrest of former assistant Jerry Sandusky for child sex abuse.

SEC: Alabama tailback Trent Richardson was named offensive player of the year, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne defensive player of the year, Arkansas' Joe Adams special teams player of the year and LSU's Les Miles coach of the year.

Awards: Illinois junior Whitney Mercilus won the Hendricks for the nation's top defensive end. He led the nation with 14½ sacks. … Boston College junior linebacker Luke Kuechly won the Lombardi for the nation's top lineman or linebacker. He led the nation with 191 tackles.

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