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
Kansas State locked Bill Snyder into a five-year deal worth $14.75 million that puts him under contract until he's 78.
This also puts Snyder fifth among Big 12 coaches in salary with $2.75 million in 2013 and $100,000 escalators every year. ...more
The Big 12 plans to ask the NCAA to revisit a rule preventing a 10-team league from playing a 13th non-bowl game, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said.
The league has had preliminary talks with the NCAA and *I expect that we will make that request* formally, Bowlsby said. ...more
Oregon's Chip Kelly is a hot NFL commodity but made sure to remind college football what he can do for the Ducks in a 35-17 win over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl. Kelly and the Ducks have been to four straight BCS bowls. ...more
The Fiesta Bowl just kicked off, and earlier I caught up with Oregon athletics director Rob Mullens, who declined comment on the Ducks' succession plans for offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich should -- or when -- Chip Kelly bolts for the NFL, as first reported by USA Today. ...more
A roster that pushed for a national title, won the Big 12 and prepares for the Fiesta Bowl started seven junior college players, all on defense, with a total of 29 such transfers on the roster.
And Kansas State doesn*t see much reason to change despite a top-five BCS ranking. ...more
Seven NFL coaches have been fired by early Monday afternoon and other head coaches remain in danger of losing their jobs. But this doesn't change much for Oregon, which has dealt with the Chip Kelly-to-the-NFL cloud for weeks. ...more
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota understands what it would have meant for Hawaii to play fellow islander Manti Te'o in the national title game. But while Te'o's Notre Dame team finished 12-0, Mariota's Ducks lost to Stanford and settled for the Fiesta Bowl. ...more