NEW YORK – A tentative plan for the new college football postseason calls for a Pac-12 or Big 12 team to face the best team from a group of five conferences, including the Big East.
A person with direct knowledge of the plan for the four-team playoff in 2014 told The Associated Press that either a Pac-12 or a Big 12 team likely will be the opponent for the top-rated champion from the Big East, Mountain West, Conference USA, Sun Belt and Mid-American Conference.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the conferences did not want to make the plan public.
The proposal has the Pac-12 sending either its champion or a replacement team to the game in years when the Rose Bowl hosts a national semifinal. In years the Rose Bowl is a traditional Big Ten-Pac-12 matchup, the Big 12 would send one of its top teams to the game.
The deal with the Big 12 and Pac-12 would be similar to the one the Orange Bowl is working on with the Big Ten and the Southeastern Conference. That deal, which has not been completed, would match a team from either of those conferences or Notre Dame against the Atlantic Coast Conference champ or another ACC team.
The original playoff plan had the national semifinals rotating among six bowl sites, giving the new system two playoff games and four other high-revenue bowl games each season. The top four teams determined by a selection committee, regardless of conference affiliation, will play in the semifinals. The winners meet in a championship game about a week later.
The spots in those other four games would be for other highly ranked teams, but those slots have quickly started filling up as the major conferences began making deals.
Ex-Boiler now Purdue assistant
Former Purdue basketball star Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton is returning to the program as an assistant coach. Coach Sharon Versyp said Wisdom-Hylton will replace Martin Clapp. Wisdom-Hylton was the Big Tens 2007 defensive player of the year and set school records for rebounds (968) and blocks (281). She averaged 11.9 points and 7.1 rebounds during her career with the Boilermakers. In 2009, Los Angeles drafted Wisdom-Hylton with the No. 13 overall choice. She played two seasons with the Sparks, one season with the Chicago Sky and this past season with the Washington Mystics.
Phoenix wins WNBA draft lottery
The Phoenix Mercury won the WNBA draft lottery and earned the right to choose Brittney Griner with the top pick next year. Chicago will pick second and Tulsa third. The 6-foot-8 center Griner, The Associated Press womens college basketball player of the year, guided Baylor to a national championship and 40-0 record. Also highlighting the draft class are Delawares Elena Delle Donne, who led the nation in scoring last season, and Notre Dames Skylar Diggins, who has guided the Irish to the past two national championship games.
Grizzlies forward breaks left leg
Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur will be out up to six weeks after breaking the top of the fibula in his left leg preparing for training camp. Arthur had been practicing with Memphis opening training camp Monday, and the break, described as a small, non-displaced fracture in the head of his left fibula, was diagnosed after an MRI this week.
Cougars O-line earns award
The University of Saint Francis starting offensive line was named the Beyond College Sports Network NAIA Offensive Line of the Week. The Cougars had 627 yards of offense in a 76-14 win over Concordia University on Saturday. The starters were senior center Brice Darling, junior right tackle Cam Edwards, junior left guard Zach Greiner, sophomore left tackle Kegan Morris and sophomore right guard Jesse Boley. This is the first time a USF offensive line has been honored for a national award.
Girl can play on boys’ team
The board that oversees Idaho high school sports wont bar a female golf champion from playing with the boys team if not enough girls turn out and form their own team. The proposal emerged after Castleford High School golfer Sierra Harr helped the boys team win the 2012 championship for Idahos smallest schools – and rival coaches complained. If enough girls turn out to form a Castleford girls team in 2013, Harr can play with them. If not, the 16-year-old junior can stay on the boys team.