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BIG DAY FOR PLAYOFF PROPOSAL

NEW YORK - The only things standing in the way of a major college football playoff are 12 university presidents.

They figure to be more of a speed bump than a road block.

The BCS commissioners will present their four-team playoff proposal to the presidential oversight committee today in Washington.

The committee is headed by Virginia Tech's Charles W. Steger and includes one university leader from each of the 11 major football conferences, and independent Notre Dame.

Whether approval will come quickly or the presidents will mull over the proposal, maybe toss it back for tweaks, is unknown. The commissioners have been careful not to get too far out in front of the presidents when publicly talking about a playoff.

But it is safe to say the men who have spent hours hashing this out over the past six months believe their bosses will approve of their work.

"I'm confident as we brief (the presidents) over the next week or so, give them an understanding of the evolution of the ideas - what's been put off to the side, why it's been put off to the side, how we were able to manage the things that seemed to be irreconcilable for a long time - that they will give our advice appropriate weight," Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said after last week's meetings in Chicago.

"Could there be a present with a bow on it and everything wrapped up (today)?" Delany said. "It could happen, if you're real optimistic. But I would think we'll probably need to spend some more time together, and probably resolve some outstanding issues."

CITRUS BOWL UPGRADE: After several false starts, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs announced a plan that will finance a projected $175 million facelift for the 76-year-old Florida Citrus Bowl, which currently hosts the Capital One Bowl and Russell Athletic Bowl games annually. Orlando officials hope the renovated facility will be able to host a national championship game or one of the new playoff games.

MISSOURI: The school unveiled its long-promised plans to upgrade athletic facilities as it moves to the SEC. An athletics master plan released by the school calls for adding at least 6,000 seats at Memorial Stadium, which has a capacity of 71,004.

NORTH CAROLINA: The son of former coach Butch Davis will be a walk-on quarterback under new coach Larry Fedora. Drew Davis had planned to play for the Tar Heels before the school fired his father amid an NCAA investigation of improper benefits and academic misconduct within the program.

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Basketball

OBITUARY: Former Houston star Ted Luckenbill, who played in Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point NBA game, died of cancer Sunday in Dallas. He was 72. Mr. Luckenbill played for the Cougars from 1958-61. In 1962 his two offensive rebounds in the final two minutes helped Chamberlain hit 100 for the Philadelphia Warriors.

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Late game

Game 2 of the College World Series final between Arizona and South Carolina had not ended by press time. For the result, visit sports.tampabay.com

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