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  • Iowa Headed for Capital One Bowl

    Hawkeyes will participate in their third straight New Year's Day game.

    Nov. 23, 2004


    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa accepted an invitation to the Capital One Bowl on Tuesday, its third straight New Year's Day game.

    The Hawkeyes will play the second-place finisher in the Southeastern Conference in the game in Orlando, Fla.

    Iowa (9-2, 7-1 Big Ten) earned the invitation after beating Wisconsin on Saturday to claim a share of the Big Ten Title for its second conference championship in three years. Coach Kirk Ferentz was rewarded Tuesday with a contract extension that will pay him a base salary of $1.2 million.

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  • DJRamFan
    Boise State could replace Utah in Liberty Bowl
    by DJRamFan
    Nov. 21, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State is in line to take Utah's spot in the Liberty Bowl, now that the Utes have all but locked up a spot in the Bowl Championship Series.

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    The Liberty Bowl has a contract with the Mountain West Conference that requires the league's champ to play the winner of Conference USA in Memphis, Tenn., on New Year's Eve.

    Officials with the Liberty Bowl have started discussions with the Western Athletic Conference and Boise State to have the Broncos (10-0, 7-0 WAC) fill the vacancy left by MWC champ Utah.

    The matchup Liberty Bowl officials are hoping for is No. 10 Boise State taking on No. 7 Louisville (8-1). The Cardinals' only loss was against Miami.

    Broncos-Cardinals would match the two highest scoring teams in the country and it might be the only game with two teams in the top 10 of the BCS standings, outside of the national championship game in the Orange Bowl.

    "If it happens, we think that we would have the most compelling, exciting bowl game outside of the national championship game. There is no doubt about that," Liberty Bowl associate executive director Harold Graeter said before Boise State's 55-14 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

    "Both of these teams play an entertaining style of football and that's what we're looking for."

    Contractually, the Liberty Bowl could have forced Utah to play in Memphis. But Liberty Bowl executive director Steve Ehrhart, who was in Salt Lake City for Utah's 52-21 victory over BYU on Saturday, said he will continue to work with MWC commissioner Craig Thompson on a deal to free the Utes.

    "We understand the landscape and wish Utah well," Ehrhart said

    By beating Louisiana Tech, the Broncos extended the nation's longest win streak to 21 and tied BYU for the most consecutive conference wins at 25.

    They also clinched at least a share of their third consecutive WAC title.

    The Broncos still need to finish out their regular season Saturday at Nevada. Louisville has two games remaining, versus Cincinnati Saturday and at Tulane on Dec. 4. A win next week will wrap up the Conference USA title for Louisville and a spot in the Liberty Bowl.

    Then, there's still the matter of Boise State sneaking into the BCS.

    With losses Saturday by Michigan and Florida State, the Broncos -- No. 9 in last week's BCS standings -- still have the slimmest of hopes of joining Utah in the big-money games. They would need loses by California and Texas to even have a shot.

    Still, that was enough for Fiesta Bowl representative Steve Horrell to spend Saturday in Boise.

    "That football can bounce some funny ways sometimes," Horrell said. "These...
    -11-21-2004, 06:01 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Pac-10 could find itself left out of 'lower' bowl bids
    by DJRamFan
    Nov. 10, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    The way things are going in the Pac-10, the conference could have as many teams playing in the four Bowl Championship Series games as it has in the other 24 bowls.

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    No. 1 Southern California can clinch a berth in the Rose or Orange bowl with a win against Arizona this week, and No. 4 California is in good position to grab an at-large spot in the BCS with wins in its final three games.

    Arizona State and the winner of this week's UCLA - Oregon game also will be bowl bound. But after that it gets dicey. The conference could have anywhere from zero to three more bowl teams, leaving four spots possibly open.

    Being unable to fill all of its bowl slots is less important to commissioner Tom Hansen than getting two teams into the BCS for the third time in the system's seven years.

    "That's the important measurement," Hansen said. "We've been the best conference top to bottom for a number of years. People said, 'You have good teams but not great teams.' This year we have two great ones. It's a very fine development. I'm proud of it."

    It also has some outside observers very interested in how the next few weeks play out in the Pac-10. Because every bowl berth the Pac-10 doesn't fill is one that could open up for a school from the Mid-American Conference or an independent such as Navy.

    Hansen has already given the Silicon Valley Bowl and Emerald Bowl permission to talk to other teams in case the Pac-10 doesn't have teams for those games.

    "We told them, 'It does not hurt our feelings. You have to protect yourself,"' Hansen said.

    MAC commissioner Rick Chryst, whose conference already has four eligible teams and only two bids, has already begun lobbying for a spot in the Silicon Valley Bowl.

    "Three times in the last six years, the MAC has had a 10-win team not get invited to a bowl game," Chryst said. "We're trying to do our work and make our calls."

    There are a few problems contributing to the Pac-10's inability to fill its bowl slots, most importantly an 11-game schedule that requires teams to go 6-5 instead of 6-6 to become bowl eligible and dominant teams at the top of the conference.

    This week's games will go a long way in determining which Pac-10 teams will be bowl eligible. The conference has seven bowl tie-ins and would have eight if two teams make the BCS.

    The loser of the Oregon State- Stanford game will join Arizona and Washington as teams eliminated in the running. Washington State also would drop out if it loses at Arizona State or next week to Washington.

    The UCLA-Oregon loser would need to win its final game with the Bruins ending against USC and the Ducks finishing with Oregon State....
    -11-11-2004, 11:13 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Franchione to get extension, raise from Texas A&M
    by DJRamFan
    Jan. 01, 2005
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    DALLAS -- Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione will get a contract extension and a raise after leading the Aggies to the Cotton Bowl in his second season.

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    Athletic director Bill Byrne said Saturday that Franchione's contract, currently worth $1.7 million annually through 2010, was being restructured. He didn't release the details.

    "He's done a great job with the talent we have and I look forward to a great future at Texas A&M," Byrne said before the Aggies (7-5) finished their season with a 38-7 loss to Tennessee. "We want to make sure Dennis Franchione continues to coach our football team."

    The deal is expected to be completed this month. Byrne would only say that Franchione would remain among the best-paid coaches in the country.

    "It certainly provides continuity and patience for what we're trying to do, and understanding," Franchione said. "This is where we want to finish our coaching career, and where (wife) Kim and I want to be."

    The Cotton Bowl was Texas A&M's first New Year's Day game in six years. The Aggies were 4-8 last season.

    Texas coach Mack Brown agreed this week to a 10-year contract worth more than $25 million. The Longhorns played Michigan in the Rose Bowl, their first Bowl Championship Series game.

    Byrne said a restructured contract for Franchione had been discussed before Brown got his new deal.

    "We always analyze our compensation at the end of every year," Byrne said. "This is something that actually President (Robert) Gates and I talked about sometime in November."

    Texas A&M started this season with a 41-21 loss at Utah, then won six straight games before losing three of its last four. The Aggies still got their first Cotton Bowl berth since 1998, after Texas got into the BCS.

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    -01-01-2005, 03:57 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Boise State, Hawkins agree to five-year, $2.6 million contract
    by DJRamFan
    Dec. 7, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State coach Dan Hawkins signed a five-year, $2.6 million contract extension on Tuesday that could keep him with the Broncos through the 2009 season.

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    "I'm very excited about what we have accomplished and even more excited about what is possible in the future," Hawkins said in a statement.

    The contract will pay Hawkins a base salary of $525,000 per year.

    The deal appears to take another highly desirable coach off the market. Hawkins' name has come up as a possible coaching candidate at places such as Washington, Mississippi and Stanford, and at Florida before Urban Meyer got the Gators job.

    California coach Jeff Tedford, who had been speculated to be a target of Washington's search, also signed a five-year extension on Monday. Louisville's Bobby Petrino, whose agent contacted Ole Miss, released a statement Tuesday saying he planned to stay with the Cardinals.

    Hawkins' new deal is packed with incentives.

    If Boise State wins at least six games, Hawkins would receive a 5 percent raise the following year. Eight or nine wins guarantees a 10 percent raise, while winning 10 or more games would give Hawkins a 15 percent raise.

    Additionally, Hawkins will get 1/12 of his salary if Boise State finishes in the top 25, and he would get an additional $10,000 bonus if the Broncos finish in the top 10.

    The contract also allows Hawkins to receive 1/12 of his salary bonus for a conference championship and a 5 percent bonus for a bowl appearance without a conference championship.

    If Hawkins stays at Boise State until 2008 he will receive a $350,000 bonus and if he stays until the end of the deal 2010 he gets an additional bonus of $150,000. If Hawkins wants to leave Boise State, it will cost him or his new team $850,000 to buy out the contract.

    During Hawkins' four years with Boise State, as head coach, Boise State has won three consecutive Western Athletic Conference championships and compiled a 44-6 record, including a perfect 11-0 this year.

    Since Hawkins took over at Boise State four seasons ago, the Broncos led the country in scoring twice and are second this year. The 10th ranked Broncos will play Dec. 31 in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn., against No. 7 Louisville.

    "I'm looking forward to continuing to grow this program further," he said.

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    -12-08-2004, 06:37 PM
  • RamsFan16
    New BCS game sets stage for things to come
    by RamsFan16


    New BCS game sets stage for things to come
    April 25, 2006
    By Dennis Dodd
    CBS SportsLine.com Senior Writer
    Tell Dennis your opinion!





    PHOENIX -- The Legos are in place. Or Tinker Toys. Or Lincoln Logs. Whatever you want to call the new Bowl Championship Series.

    The structure is in place for a small, modest playoff in Division I-A football.


    The system was put in place to help mid-majors like Utah. (Getty Images)
    It might not even be fair to call it that. Plus, any such monumental change is probably at least four years away.

    It might take that long to figure out the current BCS structure, which kicks off this season. Ask around. Here's a bet that a large chunk of coaches don't even know how things are going down this season.

    And we're less than nine months away from playing the actual bowl games.

    That's why we offer this tutorial from this week's BCS meetings.

    What's this new "double-hosting" format?

    Starting this season, there are now five BCS bowls instead of four. Because of a threat of Congressional anti-trust intervention launched by non-BCS schools, a fifth game was added for better access two years ago at these meetings.

    That means the bowl that is hosting the national title game each year -- after this season it is the Fiesta Bowl -- will also host its normal bowl game more or less a week prior.

    Here's how it looks this year:

    Jan. 1: Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz.
    Jan. 1: Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
    Jan. 2: Orange Bowl in Miami
    Jan. 3: Sugar Bowl in New Orleans
    Jan. 8: BCS national title game back in Glendale, Ariz.
    Give us a projected lineup in those bowls

    Fiesta Bowl: Big 12 champ vs. at-large (Oklahoma vs. West Virginia)
    Rose Bowl: Pac-10 champ vs. Big Ten champ (USC vs. Iowa)
    Orange Bowl: ACC champ vs. at-large (Florida State vs. Texas)
    Sugar Bowl: SEC champ vs. at-large (Notre Dame vs. Auburn)
    BCS national championship: No. 1 vs. No. 2 in final BCS standings (No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 2 LSU, based on SportsLine.com pre-spring top 25)
    How does a non-BCS school get in?

    Nothing is finalized -- hey, it's only April -- but count on any team from a "coalition conference" (MAC, WAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt, Conference USA) automatically qualifying by finishing in the top 12 of the BCS standings.

    A further entry point: If the lowest-ranked BCS conference winner (among the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10, SEC, ACC and Big East) finishes No. 16 or lower, a coalition can get in by finishing No. 15 or higher.


    Does the extra BCS game make sense...
    -04-27-2006, 07:12 PM
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