The Mountain West has approached the Pac-12 about what MWC commissioner Craig Thompson calls a 'best practices' connection -- sort of a West Coast alliance for non-conference scheduling, sharing of officials, bowl matchups. ...more
The Big 12 will navigate the looming college football playoff as a unique power conference: the only 10-team league, no championship game and no 24-hour channel. The only goal that matters is making a national semifinal. ...more
The ACC is eschewing its $50 million exit fee model in favor of a Grant of Rights, which could solidify the league from the Big Ten or other conference realignment poachers. The league also wants an ACC channel. ...more
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN will soon unveil a joint 24-hour channel. When they do, this could change the way fans watch college's best football. The SEC could surpass the Big Ten and Pac-12 Networks in some areas. ...more
The BCS' 'Request for Proposal' for the college football playoff to more than 30 bowl sites asks for an 85 percent cut on revenue/expense margin after the game and no hosting your own bowl games within seven days of the playoff game. ...more
The SEC's deal for its own television channel, to be announced next month, will likely be for between 15 and 20 years, according to sources. SEC commissioner Mike Slive told Yahoo Sports last week the league would announce the deal in mid-April. ...more
The Pac-12 appears content at 12 teams, but commissioner Larry Scott still gets a few just-in-case calls on occasion.
Scott said he fields *a good handful of calls, not that many* in a typical year from schools inquiring about membership. ...more
Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez is up for a contract extension after an 8-5 debut season with the Wildcats.
Rodriguez, who signed a five-year, $9.55-million contract in December 2011, finished last season with a 39-36 win over USC, a 54-48 overtime loss to Stanford and a 49-48 comeback win over Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl. ...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