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If the 11 FBS conferences and independent schools “decide to incorporate the existing Bowl Championship Series bowl games into a four-team playoff, the sites of the two national semifinal games might be determined by the conference affiliations of the two highest-ranked teams," according to Mark Schlabach of ESPN.com. Under a plan proposed last week during BCS meetings in Hollywood, Fla., officials “discussed having the Fiesta, Orange, Sugar and Rose bowls serve as rotating sites for two semifinal games.” Sources said that conference commissioners and Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick “are leaning heavily toward offering a national championship game to the highest bidder, which might include host cities of the current BCS bowls, or new hosts such as Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Indianapolis.” Sources said that the commissioners “are leaning toward incorporating the existing BCS bowls into a playoff.” Instead of “designating two BCS bowls as the host sites for two semifinal games before a particular season, the sites wouldn't be determined until the four participating teams were named.” Sources also said that conference commissioners “were still weighing the positives and negatives of the proposed plan.” One potential issue is that based on "historical results, the Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl might host national semifinal games more frequently than the Orange Bowl and Fiesta Bowl.” As a result, financial considerations among the BCS bowls “would have to be negotiated for the plan to work” (ESPN.com, 4/27).
BEST OPTION CONSIDERED? In Orlando, Matt Murschel writes the best model “may not be one that is considered.” Murschel: “I’m talking about a four-team playoff that involves playing semifinal games on host campus sites. You can talk about preserving traditions in college football all you like but what better way to demonstrate that idea than having a college town host a semifinal?” (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 4/30). In Tulsa, John Hoover wrote under the header, “BCS Has Been Good For College Football.” Even more than “matching the game's top two teams for a (mostly) undisputed champion, the BCS did something no one saw coming.” It “grew the sport of college football beyond anyone's expectations.” Univ. of Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione Friday said, "While there are all sorts of opportunities for debate and disagreement and differing opinions, the actual sport itself benefited because people were really excited about it.” Castiglione said, “Absolutely the BCS has worked. It has worked. It's given us a 1 versus 2 game that seldom happened before, and it's been a tremendous benefit for the non-(automatic qualifier) conferences. But, of course, we have heard the people who are saying they want something more. And we're listening." He added, “It’s been exceptionally good, even with some of the controversy along the way” (TULSA WORLD, 4/29).
WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS? In K.C., Sam Mellinger wrote under the proposed plan, sports fans “will eventually realize an uncomfortable and awkward truth: This is absolutely no help to college athletes for whom this is supposed to be about.” The extra revenue will “almost certainly come with more shameful waste and extravagance instead of important changes.” Mellinger: “No matter where you stand on college athletes being paid, this is exploitation” (K.C. STAR, 4/29).
Utah State Univ. Saturday "unveiled a new brand and identity, complete with new logos and uniforms," according to Kraig Williams of the DESERET NEWS. The new logo and uniforms "are part of a 15-month long collaboration with Nike to re-brand Utah State." Nike President and Utah State alumnus Charlie Denson worked with AD Scott Barnes on the project, "which includes a new color palette, primary logo, custom font, wordmark and a new aggressive bull logo." All of the school's sports "will now have three color choices to choose from, adding pewter gray to the standard navy blue and white fans have grown accustomed to." Along with getting new logos and uniforms, Utah State "will also replace" the flooring in its on-campus basketball facility the Smith Spectrum, and the football field at Romney Stadium (DESERET NEWS, 4/29).
CONFERENCE CAROUSEL? In Las Vegas, Mark Anderson cites a source as saying that WAC member schools Utah State and San Jose State Univ. "are expected to join the Mountain West Conference in all sports" for the '13-14 season. A formal announcement "could be made in the coming days" as the MWC "meets in Phoenix this week to discuss its impending merger/alliance with Conference USA" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 4/30). In San Antonio, Dan McCarney cited a source as saying that the Univ. of Texas-San Antonio "is expected to join Conference USA in all sports for the 2013 season pending approval" from the Univ. of Texas System Board of Regents. The source said that UTSA "would be among a group of schools joining C-USA" and that UTSA "had also received invitations from the Mountain West and Sun Belt conferences." UTSA was slated to leave the Southland Conference and "join the Western Athletic Conference on July 1 ... but it will be an unexpectedly short stay." McCarney noted it "is not immediately known what will happen to the WAC, which is also adding Texas State, UTSA's long-time rival" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 4/29). CBSSPORTS.com' Brett McMurphy cited a source as saying that C-USA "is also looking to add" the Univ. of North Texas and Florida Int'l Univ. from the Sun Belt, and Louisiana Tech Univ. from the WAC. The addition of those three schools and UTSA "would give the league 12 members and means Conference USA's merger with the Mountain West would not occur in 2013" (CBSSPORTS.com, 4/28).