After adding six new football schools for 2013 and Western Kentucky for the year after, Conference USA might not be done. C-USA is considering expansion to 16 teams in football, Commissioner Britton Banowsky said Monday. ...more
With an ESPN media rights deal and a breakup with the Catholic 7 basketball schools both finalized, the (old) Big East can address two agenda items: Finding a new name, and finding a new school. Tulsa garners strong support within the membership to become the league*s 12th school, according to a source. ...more
East Carolina has a contract extension ready for head coach Ruffin McNeill that should be finalized upon the hiring of a new athletic director, according to a source.
Athletics director Terry Holland is retiring and moving into an athletics emeritus role once the school hires its new AD. ...more
The "group of five" conferences are working to finalize a three-tier playoff revenue distribution system that rewards the conference with the best team and the conference with the best overall performance, CBSSports.com has learned. ...more
The smaller conferences failed to reach equal footing with the power groups, which was expected. But they are still getting a significant bump in pay and an access point to the six-bowl, four-team playoff that BCS presidents approved Monday. They got creative with the seventh playoff bowl concept alongside the Big 12 and the Pac-12. That idea collapsed, in part, because of revenue projections. ...more
The commissioners' discussions last month about adding a seventh playoff bowl has real legs and the concept is not fading, Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco told CBS Sports.
ESPN reported Wednesday the seventh game -- designed to give the five smaller conferences access to the new playoff format starting in 2014 -- was becoming unlikely, in part because of the bowl's lesser worth compared to other access sites. ...more