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IRVING For the first time, the Big 12 won’t have to worry about its College Football Playoff contenders not having a conference title game or a 13th data point for the selection committee to study.

The Big 12 restored its title game for the first time since the 2010 season and scheduled it for Dec. 2 at AT Stadium in Arlington. If the goal Wholesale NCAA Jerseys
is to enhance a playoff rsum, a championship game could help, CFP executive director Bill Hancock said Tuesday at the organization’s annual meetings in Irving.

“Overall for them it is better. Having a championship game is better,” Hancock said of the Big 12. “I don’t think it makes the committee’s job any easier or harder.”

The Big 12 got introduced to selection committee reality in the 2014 season, the first year of the CFP. Baylor and TCU tied for the Big 12 title but were leapfrogged by Ohio State after the Buckeyes’ dominant Big Ten title game performance. The turn of events set off months of conference soul searching.

“I never thought the Big 12 was hurt in cheap college jerseys china particular by not having the game itself,” Hancock said. “What they were hurt by is their champion had one fewer game against a quality opponent. To me, that was the difference.

“Now for the sake of the Big 12 teams, it is better because they will have that one more game against a quality opponent.”

Hancock did add a word of caution. The championship game can hurt as well as help, as the Big 12 understands all too well.

“We all do realize they’re subject to an undefeated team losing in the championship game, as we all knew could happen and they proved could happen back in the BCS days,” Hancock said.

Briefly: Hancock said he didn’t know if the CFP will pursue bids this fall for the championship game in 2021 and beyond. “Our original sort of pie in the sky thought a couple of years ago was to start the process this fall and finish next spring,” Hancock said. “But we’re not wedded to that. It could start sooner or later.” . CFP chief financial officer Reid Sigmon is leaving to become executive associate athletic director at Tennessee. Sigmon had worked for new Tennessee AD John Currie at Kansas State.

Why is ESPN’s College GameDay at SMU on Saturday



on ESPNU before it shifts to ESPN an hour later.

Davis has made news of his own recently. ESPN announced that next season Davis will slide into Chris Fowler’s familiar host chair on football GameDay alongside Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and Lee Corso.

Davis, 49, knows college football. He had been a studio host alongside Mark May and Lou Holtz as well as the play by play voice on the network’s Thursday night games.

He has been at ESPN since 1995. He recently agreed to a new contract that takes him through 2021.

He’s a native of Alabama and a graduate of the University of cheap authentic college football jerseys Alabama.

What’s the biggest similarity between football and basketball GameDays?

They are both personality driven panel shows that are influential on the day’s narratives.

What’s the biggest difference?

Rarely is there a regular season college basketball game that carries the magnitude of a regular season football game. The football shows are centered on the games of the day. The basketball show looks at the themes of the week.

How excited are you to be joining the football GameDay?

Very. I am extraordinarily eager to work on that show. It’s the pre eminent studio show in college football. Wholesale NCAA Jerseys
I have been in discussion with ESPN for the past year and a half on what I could do to have a larger role in college football. What the show has done is establish the standard of excellence. It is something everyone admires.

Any idea on what your basketball show will look into before the SMU UConn game?

It’s a month until selection Sunday. This game offers the juxtaposition between the program that won the national championship last year and the program that arguably received the biggest snub last year. Obviously, the rosters are different this year but it is a launching point. We are still in the working stages but we expect to talk to Larry Brown about the passing of Dean Smith and Larry’s influence on (UConn Coach) Kevin Ollie. We will talk about the job Larry has done in injecting life into SMU basketball. And yes, there are issues (NCAA investigation) but there doesn’t appear to be any significant advancement of late.

TCU closing in on Top 25



Villanova returned to No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll Monday, leapfrogging Kansas after a week out of the top spot.

The Wildcats (17 1), who fell to third last week after five weeks as No. 1, moved back on top following No. 1 Baylor’s loss in its only week ever as a top ranked team.

Villanova received 28 first place votes and 1,580 points from the 65 member national media panel while Kansas (16 1) remained No. 2 despite getting more first place votes than the Wildcats. The Jayhawks had 32 No. 1 votes and 1,562 points.

Villanova beat Xavier and St. John’s last week while Kansas swept Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

UCLA (18 1) moved up one place to third and received three first place votes. Gonzaga (17 0), the only unbeaten team in Division I, went from fifth to fourth and had the other two No. 1 votes.

Kentucky moved up one place to fifth and was followed by Baylor, West Virginia and Creighton, which were tied for seventh, North Carolina and Florida State.

South Carolina and Maryland are the week’s newcomers, replacing Minnesota and Kansas State and Southern California, which were tied for 25th.

Oregon is 11th followed by Louisville, Butler, Arizona, Notre Dame, Virginia, Wisconsin, Duke, Florida and Cincinnati.

The last five ranked teams are Purdue, Xavier, Saint Mary’s, South Carolina and Maryland.

South Carolina and Maryland were both ranked earlier in the season. The Gamecocks (14 3) were ranked for four weeks reaching as high as No. 16 and the Terrapins (16 2) were 25th in the preseason poll.

Minnesota and Kansas State were both ranked for the first time this season last week and both lost two games. The Golden Gophers lost to Michigan State and Penn State while the Wildcats fell to Texas Tech and Baylor.

Southern Cal, which was ranked for the last five weeks, lost to Utah and beat Colorado.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first place votes in Cheap Jerseys from China
parentheses, records through Jan. 15, total points based on 25 points for a first place vote through one point for a 25th place vote and last week’s ranking:

NCAA on March



A study published in February’s Journal of Sports Economics suggests that just making the NCAA tournament boosts the number of undergraduate applications a school receives the following fall. Using data on where students sent their SAT scores as a proxy for where they applied, the researchers found that a college gets a bigger bump in SAT scores for each time it advances in the NCAA bracket. A college basketball championship, the researchers say, can NCAA Jerseys China
lead to a school receiving about 10 percent more SAT scores from high school students and not just from college sports attuned males. “And, at the championship level, it seems to be equal” both genders are equally impressionable. The implication: High school students may not know which school offers the best academic fit or even care how an expensive education impacts their future job prospects, but males and females pay attention to which schools won the last NCAA basketball and football championships and value the upbeat atmosphere a winning team brings.

The researchers, a pair of economist siblings Jaren Pope at BYU and his brother Devin Pope of the University of Chicago studied the effects of basketball and football, the behemoths of college athletics. Schools that make the Final Four in the NCAA basketball tournament or finish in football’s Associated Press top 10 experienced a 6 percent to 8 percent bump in SAT scores received. Reign as football champion, they found, and SAT scores submitted to the institution jump 11 percent. The effect even lingers a couple of years out, although at a decreasing rate.

The University of Florida can attest to that. A decade ago cheap college jersey before the college sports juggernaut had won basketball and football championships in the same year Florida saw fewer than 20,000 applications a year. Now UF receives a standard 30,000, “and our academic profile has just been going steadily up,” spokesman Steve Orlando said. More than 84 percent of incoming freshmen have an average 4.0 GPA, and the freshman class average SAT score was 1,960. College athletics may not be the sole source of that trend, he said, but a stellar sports year clearly helps lift the academic tide of an incoming class.