Opinion: College Playoffs Should Include 12 Teams
by Chicago Daily Herald December 2014
Controversy was certain to accompany any new system that decides a national champion, as it frequently did during the decades of polls, split polls and the BCS.
UNC Faculty Unsatisfied with Current Athletic Reforms
by LAURA OLENIACZ email@example.com; 919-419-6636 December 2014
A faculty group that has called for athletics reforms in the wake of the scandal at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says it's not time to change the topic, and that existing reforms are not enough.
Bowlsby: Big 12 Snub No Need for Panic, Expansion
by George Schroeder, and Dan Wolken December 2014
Not landing one of its co-champions in the College Football Playoff was a shock to the Big 12 Conference, but not so much that it will compel it to immediately seek expansion, Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday.
Lack of League Title Game Almost Paid Off for Big 12
by George Schroeder December 2014
In the immediate aftermath of a playoff snub, the responses from Big 12 country ranged from anger and frustration -- see Baylor coach Art Briles -- to what Commissioner Bob Bowlsby described as soul-searching and notions the league might re-evaluate how it determines a champion. When College Football Playoff selection committee chairman Jeff Long suggested Sunday that Ohio State, which slipped past Big 12 co-champions Baylor and TCU for the fourth and final playoff spot, benefited from playing in the Big Ten championship game -- one more game than the Bears and Horned Frogs -- Bowlsby said he expected future discussion among league members about whether it should play a conference title game. He even brought up the idea of conference expansion, though he quickly walked that one back.
UAB Decision to Drop Football May Blaze Trail for Others
by Paul Newberry December 2014
By Paul Newberry The Associated Press ATLANTA Alabama-Birmingham was the first major college football program to shut down in nearly 20 years. Chances are, the Blazers won't be the last. With the enormous cost of football and the growing divide between the haves and the have-nots in college athletics, it's inevitable that other schools will realize they simply can't afford to stay on the gridiron. If anything, UAB's decision might make it easier for others to follow suit.
Student Fee Could Raise $5M for U. of Arizona Athletics
by Arizona Daily Star Staff December 2014
To help keep the UA athletic department's budget balanced, Arizona president Ann Weaver Hart is apt to tack a yearly student fee of $150 or so onto the cost of admission, a fee that would result in about $5 million annually for Greg Byrne's department. ASU last year implemented a similar fee, which raises almost $10 million per year for athletics. "I think it might be appropriate," said Hart.
Opinion: More Schools Should Just Say No to Bowls
by Pedro Moura, The Orange County Register December 2014
This year, 76 of the 126 Football Bowl Subdivision universities - 60 percent - will take part in 38 bowl games (39 with the College Football Playoff championship game). You can win five games, lose seven and still play in the postseason, somehow. Many of the participants will gain little from the experience and actually lose a lot from it, at least financially.
Columnist: Will Others Follow UAB Lead, Drop Football?
by Mark Wiedmer, Chattanooga Times Free Press December 2014
When word leaked out a couple of days ago that UAB was dropping its football program after 24 years, Bill Curry said his first reaction was one of "shock."
More Bad News: UAB's Bowl Hopes Now 'Nonexistent'
by Michael Gaio December 2014
If it's true that "when it rains, it pours," consider UAB's football program drenched in a torrential monsoon.
U. of New England Eyes 2017 for Football Program Launch
by MIKE LOWE Staff Writer December 2014
The school, which competes at the NCAA Division III level, also is adding a women's rugby team beginning next fall.