Jon Solomon - The Birmingham News
E-mail correspondence suggests Electronic Arts and Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) knowingly used the characteristics of individual college players in video games, contrasting contentions by EA Sports and the NCAA's that the avatars aren't based on actual players. The e-mails emerged [...]
Schools are no longer limited in the use of replays except when a stoppage occurs for an official review. In the past, the SEC had a one real-time replay policy for all plays in all sports.
College football season is upon us. That means we can talk about actual games soon, something the sport sorely needs. Behind the scenes, though, college football leaders will soon dive into the hard details surrounding the four-team playoff for 2014. “We have so much left to do, so many details to fill in,” BCS executive director Bill Hancock said. “We really have taken the last few weeks to kind of catch our breath and let conference media days happen.”
Ex-SEC official Bob Shoulders is among the replacements
The SEC and Big 12 have sent Champions Bowl bid packages to 10 cities, according to sources familiar with the process. The proposals include bidding options unique to much of the bowl systems so the conferences can obtain a different view of how much revenue is available. New Orleans, Dallas, Atlanta, Phoenix, Houston, Orlando, San Antonio, Nashville, Tampa and Jacksonville received a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the game. ESPN first reported the cities that got bid packages.
Only 1 consensus repeat national champion in past 56 years: Nebraska in ’94-95
College football plans to keep 6-6 records, not 7-5, the benchmark to qualify for a bowl once a four-team playoff starts in 2014. Last winter, conference commissioners discussed increasing bowl-eligibility standards, a change that would kill some of the 35 postseason games. The status quo seems to have won.
The 12th game turns 7 years old as a permanent part of college football. If the idea was to schedule Jackson State, Troy, South Alabama and Middle Tennessee, as Mississippi State does in 2012 to be bowl eligible, the 12th game works marvelously. Mississippi State is hardly alone in raising ticket prices over the years only to schedule more cupcakes. The sport is filled with undesirable schedules and recently lost a cool future series between the Big Ten and Pac-12.
Take a touchback, or take your chances running the ball out? Live with opposing offenses starting at the 25-yard line, or live on the edge by trying to pin them deeper than that? College football coaches are asking themselves those questions this season thanks to new kickoff rules designed for safety purposes.
There’s another college sports scandal largely going unnoticed this summer. It’s not as horrific as Penn State. What could be worse than that? But North Carolina’s academic scandal is a big deal. And it could be bigger if it becomes attached to Roy Williams’ basketball program. Concealing the rapes of boys presumably (hopefully!) doesn’t happen often in college sports. Yet a big reason why that duplicity occurred is similar to why large numbers of North Carolina athletes attended bogus classes.
NCAA responds when tested while opening itself up to more questions
Bowden supports efforts to build a statue of him in downtown Birmingham
Atlanta eyes Champions Bowl, national semifinal and/or national championship
Auburn will sell wireless access and create more events; Alabama adjusts, too.
Some like the idea, some are concerned about the physical toll.