CFP talks stall, dimming hopes of expansion before 2026
Alabama and Georgia are scheduled to play in the NCAA College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday, Jan. 10 at Lucas Oil Stadium. 3 Georgia played for the College Football Playoff national championship. A proposal for a 12-team playoff has been on the table since June. The meetings in Indianapolis were the seventh in-person since the 12-team format was made public in June. ___Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at http://www.appodcasts.com___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-college-football-pollCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
CFP expansion stalled, chance for early implementation dims
Alabama and Georgia are scheduled to play in the NCAA College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday, Jan. 10 at Lucas Oil Stadium. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS — (AP) — College Football Playoff expansion talks remain stalled and the possibility of implementing a new format by the 2024 season dimmed after three days of meetings by the administrators who manage the postseason failed to produce an agreement. While Bowlsby said it looked increasingly unlikely that expansion would come before the end of the current CFP contract that expires in 2026, it was not ruled out altogether. There was hope initially an agreement could be reached soon enough to have it implemented for the 2024 season, two years before the current CFP contract with ESPN expires. ___Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at http://www.appodcasts.com___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-college-football-pollCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Big 12's Bowlsby: CFP expansion for 2024 'in some jeopardy'
ARLINGTON, Texas — (AP) — Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says expanding the College Football Playoff as soon as the 2024 season is “in some jeopardy” if an agreement on a new format cannot be reached soon. One of the issues that has become a stumbling block to expansion is which conferences are guaranteed automatic access for their champions. “So I’m a big believer in the automatic qualifier for the Big Ten conference and the other Power Five conferences," Warren told SiriusXM this week. Group of Five conference commissioners, most notably Mike Aresco from the American Athletic Conference, prefer automatic access not be limited to Power Five champions. Bowlsby on Saturday laid out one of the reasons the group avoided automatic access for just the Power Five.wftv.com
College Football Playoff expansion talks inch forward
DALLAS — (AP) — The latest meeting on expanding the College Football Playoff wrapped up without a resolution Wednesday as the people involved agreed to keep talking. A podium was set up in front of a backdrop of College Football Playoff logos, facing about a half dozen chairs for reporters in attendance. Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren, Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner Jim Phillips and Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff did not speak with reporters. “And there are details to work out.”___Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at http://www.appodcasts.com___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25. Sign up for the AP’s college football newsletter: https://apnews.com/cfbtop25Copyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
College Football Playoff expansion talks to continue Dec. 1
The administrators in charge of the College Football Playoff plan to meet again on Dec. 1 to continue expansion talks, which need to reach a consensus by the end of the year if a new postseason format is to be implemented for the 2024 season.
Bigger Big 12: BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston on the way
The Big 12 has extended membership invitations to BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston to join the Power Five league. Within hours of the Big 12 vote, all four formally accepted the invitations. There had been no indication that Oklahoma and Texas, the only Big 12 teams to win football national championships, were looking to move until the reports emerged a week after Big 12 football media days in mid-July. Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had been largely quiet in recent weeks as the expansion was put in motion. BYU said all its sports will begin Big 12 schedules in the 2023-24 athletic season.wftv.com
Big 12 welcomes BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston
The Big 12 has extended membership invitations to BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston to join the Power Five league. In fact, BYU said all its sports will begin Big 12 schedules in the 2023-24 athletic season. If they stay, the Big 12 could have up to 14 members for at least a season or two. The SEC is now set to grow to 16 teams, with its last four additions all coming from the Big 12. TCU and West Virginia are both now in their 10th Big 12 season.wftv.com
AP sources: Pac-12, Big 12 commissioners consider alliances
Two people with knowledge of the meeting said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby and George Kliavkoff from the Pac-12 were discussing the potential for strategic planning between the two conferences. The Big 12 is trying to regroup after being stunned by Texas and Oklahoma's decision to move to the Southeastern Conference. For now, the move is scheduled for 2025, but the Big 12 has to start looking at how to move forward without their flagship programs immediately. The Pac-12's current television deal is similar in value to the Big 12's and expires in 2024. A full merger of the Big 12 and Pac-12 would create a 20-team conference with schools in every major U.S. time zone.wftv.com
Big 12 warns of losing 50% of TV value following UT/OU exit
He also accused ESPN of working behind the scenes to gut the Big 12, even sending a cease-and-desist letter that the cable giant refuted, but backed off that stance Monday: “We have agreed to not escalate this publicly. It’s in neither party’s best interest to do so.”Of far more interest to the Texas lawmakers was the future of the Big 12 without the Sooners and Longhorns. The Big 12 distributed $345 million to its 10 members this year ($34.5 million apiece), down from the previous year because of the pandemic. Bowlsby said he supported the idea of the remaining Big 12 teams sticking together and said they are exploring their options. Texas A&M left the Big 12 for the SEC in 2012.wftv.com
Big 12 warns of losing 50% of TV value following UT/OU exit
The Big 12 Conference could see the value of its television deal cut in half once Texas and Oklahoma bolt for the Southeastern Conference, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday at a hearing of Texas lawmakers. A committee of Texas senators heard testimony from university leaders at Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech on the monetary and academic losses that conference realignment would mean for the Big 12 and its members once Texas and Oklahoma leave for the SEC in 2025.news.yahoo.com
SEC invites Oklahoma and Texas to join league -- in 2025
The latest step in move that has potential to help reshape college sports came two days after Texas and Oklahoma requested to join the SEC in 2025. That’s when the schools’ media rights agreement with the Big 12 expires. Texas and Oklahoma both have board of regents meetings schedule for Friday with conference affiliation on the agenda. Then the question becomes: Can Texas and Oklahoma find a way to join their new conference sooner than 2025? It has the makings of being a messy divorce with the Big 12 that could include ESPN.wftv.com
ESPN says Big 12 allegations 'entirely without merit'
CORRECTION Big 12 Media Days Fooball CORRECTS DATELINE TO ARLINGTON, TEXAS, NOT DALLAS AS ORIGINALLY SENT - Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, center, speaks during NCAA college football Big 12 media days Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (LM Otero)ESPN responded Thursday to the Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby’s accusations of attempting to destabilize his beleaguered conference by saying it has engaged in no wrongful conduct and “there is nothing to cease and desist." "The accusations you made are entirely without merit," ESPN executive Burke Magnus, president of programming and content, said in a letter to Bowslby that was released by the network. The Big 12 sent a cease-and-desist letter to the network a day earlier, alleging ESPN was incentivizing at least one other conference to raid the league in an effort to hasten the departure of Texas and Oklahoma to the Southeastern Conference. The Longhorns and Sooners earlier this week formally asked to be join the SEC, starting in 2025 when its media rights agreement with the Big 12 expires.wftv.com
‘Cease and desist’: Big 12 accuses ESPN of trying to ‘destabilize’ conference
Big 12 accuses ESPN of trying to ‘destabilize’ conference Detail view of Big 12 logo as the Baylor Bears band plays on the field before Baylor plays the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 Football Championship at AT&T Stadium on Dec. 7, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. In a cease-and-desist letter to a network executive, Commissioner Bob Bowlsby accused conference media rights partner ESPN of actively encouraging the pillaging of the Big 12 for financial benefit. (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images, File)In a cease-and-desist letter to a network executive, Commissioner Bob Bowlsby accused conference media rights partner ESPN of actively encouraging the pillaging of the Big 12 Conference for financial benefit. Meanwhile, ESPN shares Big 12 broadcast rights that expire in 2025 with Fox, KOKI reported. I suspect they have done the same thing in moving Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC,” Bowlsby told CBS Sports.wftv.com
Big 12 accuses ESPN of trying to 'destabilize' conference
Big 12 Media Days Football Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby is shown on the giant screen as he speaks during NCAA college football Big 12 media days Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Arlington, Texas. “I have absolute certainty they (ESPN) have been involved in manipulating other conferences to go after our members,” Bowlsby said Wednesday in a phone interview. The Big 12 has sent a cease-and-desist letter to ESPN. In the letter, the Big 12 demanded the network stop “all actions that may harm the Conference and its members and that it not communicate with the Big 12 Conference’s existing Members or any other NCAA Conference regarding the Big 12 Conference’s Members, possible conference realignment or potential financial incentives or outcomes related to possible conference realignment.“Texas and Oklahoma informed the Big 12 this week that they would not be renewing an agreement with the conference that binds them to the league and its eight other members until 2025. Bowlsby told AP that Texas and Oklahoma have been working on a move to the SEC for months, doing so while taking part in Big 12 strategy meetings where proprietary information was shared.wftv.com
AP source: Texas, Oklahoma talk to SEC about joining league
The Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday, citing a source it did not identify, that Big 12 powers Texas and Oklahoma have reached out to the SEC about potentially joining the league. “There’s a reason why Texas A&M left the Big 12, to be standalone, to have our own identity. Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, whose 10-member league would suffer a major blow with such defections, did not return messages from AP seeking comment. After another flirtation between Texas, Oklahoma and Scott, Texas A&M bolted for the SEC in 2012 and Missouri followed the Aggies. Life without Texas and Oklahoma would be uncertain — at best — for the other schools in the Big 12.wftv.com
Texas, Oklahoma reportedly reach out to SEC about joining
The Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday, citing a source it did not identify, that Big 12 powers Texas and Oklahoma have reached out to the SEC about potentially joining the league. Adding two members would give the powerhouse SEC 16 teams, the largest in major college football. After another flirtation between Texas, Oklahoma and Scott, Texas A&M bolted for the SEC in 2012 and Missouri followed the Aggies. Life without Texas and Oklahoma would be uncertain — at best —- for the other schools in the Big 12. “There’s a reason why Texas A&M left the Big 12, to be standalone, to have our own identity.wftv.com
Never left out again: Big 12 coaches like 12-team playoff
Big 12 Media Days Football Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby is shown on the giant screen as he speaks during NCAA college football Big 12 media days Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (LM Otero)ARLINGTON, Texas — (AP) — The Big 12 Conference would certainly benefit from an expanded College Football Playoff and likely never be left out again. You’ve got to start somewhere,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said Wednesday at Big 12 Media Days. With TCU heading into its 10th Big 12 season, coach Gary Patterson feels the Horned Frogs would have had multiple playoff appearances in a 12-team format. He, like other Big 12 coaches, wants the remaining bowl structure to be preserved.wftv.com
Commissioners dig into CFP expansion plan, now seek feedback
Playoff Expansion Football FILE - Alabama's Ronnie Harrison (15) breaks up a pass intended for Clemson's Artavis Scott during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game in Glendale, Ariz., in this Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, file photo. Last week, the CFP unveiled a plan to expand from four to 12 teams. The other members include the commissioners of the Big Ten, Pac-12, Atlantic Coast Conference, American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Sun Belt and Mid-American Conference. Before anything becomes a done deal, the commissioners want to hear from their local constituents: athletic directors, coaches and players. __Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at https://APpodcasts.com___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Copyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Successful season? College football played 500-plus games
“Do I think it would be a great matchup in college football, particularly in 2020? College football researcher and statistician Cody Kellner calculated 81 scheduled games were never played and 86% of the major college football season will be completed if no games are canceled Saturday. Teams played 52 of 55 potential regular-season games, including 43 of 45 conference games, plus a championship game. Teams played 85 of 90 potential regular-season games, including 70 of 75 conference games, plus a championship game. ___Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at https://westwoodonepodcasts.com/pods/ap-top-25-college-football-podcast/___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Commissioners decline CFP expansion after Pac-12 request
The conference commissioners who manage the College Football Playoff have decided to stick with a four-team format during the pandemic-altered season after the Pac-12 made a request to consider expansion. The request was made because of disruptions to the season caused by the pandemic. Conferences are not playing the same number of games, are starting play at different times and there are no interconference matchups between Power Five leagues. Hancock added any decision on expansion would need the approval of the CFP's presidential oversight committee after a recommendation by commissioners. The Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 are already up and running among the Power Five leagues.
Big 12 moves ahead with fall sports beginning in September
The Big 12 Conference reaffirmed its decision to press on with college football and other fall sports Wednesday, joining the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences in taking the field amid the coronavirus pandemic. The move came one day after the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they would not be participating this fall. The schools will all play each other to give them 10 total games with the Big 12 title game scheduled for Dec. 12. All non-conference opponents also must adhere to Big 12 standards. The virus continues to evolve and medical professionals are learning more with each passing week, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement.
Players unite in push to save college season, create union
College football players from across the country united Sunday in an attempt to save their season and ensure they will no longer be left out of the sport's biggest decisions. #BigTenUnited arrived on the scene a couple days later, a movement that claimed the backing off 1,000 Big Ten football players. Use our voices to establish open communication and trust between players and officials: Ultimately create a College Football Players Association. Another person with direct knowledge of the meeting, speaking on condition of anonymity, said no votes were taken or decisions made about the college football season. ___Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at http://www.westwoodonepodcasts.com/pods/ap-top-25-college-football-podcast/___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
As college leaders meet, football players push to play
Meanwhile, college football players took to social media Sunday to push for the season to go on, led by Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with a series of tweets. We are ready to play and we want to play.Other players tweeted with the hashtag #WeWantToPlay. The parents of Ohio State football players weighed in, too, posting a letter saying they were confident in the university's plan to keep their sons safe. Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said he has heard the same from Fighting Irish football players. They are going to want to know why.___Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at http://www.westwoodonepodcasts.com/pods/ap-top-25-college-football-podcast/___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
MLB outbreak reveals college football's vulnerabilities
The first major college football games in an evolving schedule that should start to come into focus this week are a little more than a month away. COVID-19 flare-ups have shut down voluntary workouts throughout July at about two dozen major college football programs, including Ohio State, North Carolina, Kansas State and Houston. Because if thats the case, were not testing enough.Recent NCAA guidelines recommended testing college football players once a week during the season, within 72 hours of a game. I was not surprised at all that there were positive tests. There will be positive tests on campuses when students return and within athletics programs.
The Latest: Australia rugby league tour of England canceled
Big 12 schools still got a strong payout from the conference during the pandemic. Englands Rugby Football League and the Australian Rugby League Commission made the joint announcement. Both governing bodies are committed to planning a series in 2022, after the Rugby League World Cup in England in 2021. The Big 12 had suspended all team activities, voluntary or required, because of the coronavirus pandemic through May 31. Basketball players can participate in on-campus voluntary activities, starting July 6, and all other sports can resume voluntary activities on campus on July 15.
Big 12 revenue distribution down only slightly amid pandemic
The Big 12 got about $14 million less from the NCAA, which cancelled showcase events like the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, and the College World Series. The financial state of the Big 12 just in general is really healthy, said Baylor's Mack Rhoades, chairman of the Big 12 ADs. TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini, chairman of the Big 12 board, said his school has lost about $50 million for different reasons because of the coronavirus. Before the pandemic, the Big 12 had projections of revenue distribution reaching the mid-$40 million range per school. There is still a lack of clarity for what football season will look like, such as how many fans might be allowed to attend games.
Power Five leagues ask Congress for athlete compensation law
FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey speaks at a press conference in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)The Power Five conference commissioners are asking Congress to move forward with federal legislation regarding compensation for college athletes. The commissioners of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference sent a letter dated May 23 to congressional leaders. Some lawmakers are skeptical of the NCAA's desire to place what it calls guardrails on a compensation model. So, time is of the essence.___Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and https://appodcasts.com/category/ap-top-25-college-football/___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/APTop25CollegeFootballPoll and https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
SEC, Big 12 to allow football workouts on campus next month
There are 130 major college football teams, spread across 41 states and competing in 10 conferences, save for a handful of independents. The Friday announcements are the latest signs that a college football season will be launched in some form this fall. The NCAA updated that ruling Friday by saying voluntary activities would be allowed in all sports starting June 1. Greg Abbott said Friday he thinks college football will return on schedule with at least some spectators. Once we get to college football season, our goal right now is to have college football season start as planned, with fans in stands, Abbott said in an interview with Austin television station KXAN.