May 09, 2012 – 2
Sources: ESPN’s new ACC deal comes out to 15 years for $3.6 billion. That comes out to a whopping $17M per school.
…The BCS has been criticized for many reasons over the years, with some of the harshest words reserved for the lack of consistency and/or transparency involving the computer rankings.
The new system needs to be more transparent, and Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez would welcome the four teams being chosen by a selection committee, similar to the system used in basketball.
“I like a committee and I like a committee that might be diverse enough that maybe you have some national sportswriters in it,” he said recently.
…Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham, along with several other Pac-12 coaches, expressed their opinions on the four-team playoff propositions during their post-spring teleconference on Tuesday.
“Let’s go full fledged and get eight teams involved,” Whittingham said. “I want to get away from people voting to determine who will get a shot.”
New Arizona State head coach Todd Graham mentioned a format that would include six conference champions and two at-large teams, while California head coach Jeff Tedford suggested that no postseason will appease everyone.
“One of the sentiments was that the eight-team playoff would probably give everybody an equal chance,” Tedford said. “I don’t know if you’re ever going to have a situation where everyone is happy. Someone is always going to feel left out or slighted by a situation. If we’re going to do the playoff thing, then let’s do it whole-heartedly and go after it.”
ACC/ESPN deal includes right to televise 3 Friday ACC games, inc. commitment from BC & Syracuse to host 1 game on Thanksgiving Friday