Arkansas AD will lead playoff panel
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long will be the first chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee, and the rest of the 13-member panel that will decide which teams play for the 2014 national championship will be officially revealed Wednesday.
The announcement of Long to lead the committee and act as a spokesman was made Monday.
A news conference will be held Wednesday at the College Football Playoff's new offices in Irving, Texas, with Long and executive director Bill Hancock unveiling the rest of the members.
The names of the other members expected to be on the committee, however, already have been reported by The Associated Press and other media outlets.
Long is among five current athletic directors, along with West Virginia's Oliver Luck, Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez, Clemson's Dan Radakovich and Southern California's Pat Haden.
Also expected on the committee are: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; retired Lt. Gen Michael Gould; former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese; former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne; former Notre Dame, Stanford and Washington coach Tyrone Willingham; former NFL and Mississippi quarterback Archie Manning; former NCAA vice president Tom Jernstedt; and former college sports writer Steve Wieberg.
The committee will pick the four teams to play in the national semifinals in the new postseason system that will replace the Bowl Championship Series after this season. The winners will play about a week later for the national championship.
Speedway will host 'Battle of Bristol'
Tennessee and Virginia Tech will play a football game at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in what is being billed as the "Battle of Bristol."
Officials from the track and both universities announced the plans Monday. The game scheduled for Sept. 10, 2016, will be a national showcase for both programs that could set an NCAA single-game attendance record. The 52-year-old racetrack can hold around 160,000 fans.
Bahamas Bowl setfor debut in 2014
A new bowl game will be played in Nassau, Bahamas, starting in 2014. The Bahamas Bowl will be part of a series of bowls shared by the Mid-American Conference, American Athletic Conference, Sun Belt, Mountain West and Conference USA.
The game will be played at Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, likely before Christmas, and the deal with the conferences runs for six years.
The MAC will provide the anchor team for the first four seasons, and the AAC will provide the opponent for the MAC in 2014.