Georgia Tech began spring football practice with some bad news: senior linebacker Julian Burnett is unlikely to play this season.
The school has been vague about Burnett’s condition, which apparently stems from a tackle he made in a Sun Bowl loss to Utah. He staggered off the field in that game, and the only thing coach Paul Johnson has said since then is Burnett did not sustain a concussion.
Johnson said Monday that Burnett probably won’t play this season, a huge blow to the defense. He led the Yellow Jackets in tackles the last two seasons and was a second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in 2011.
Georgia Tech practiced for two hours.
ALABAMA: Coach Nick Saban said he received overtures for other jobs after claiming the second national title in three years. Instead of bolting, he has received a raise and contract extension worth $5.62 million a year that he said represents his intention to finish his career in Tuscaloosa.
The university’s board of trustees approved a two-year extension for Saban on Monday that will run through Jan. 31, 2020. He’ll receive $5.32 million in 2012 with a $50,000 raise next year and $100,000 annually after that.
Under the deal, he’ll make $5.97 million in 2019.
Saban will make nearly $45 million over eight years in base salary ($245,000) and what Alabama calls “talent fees.” The contract represents a $500,000 raise in talent fees plus longevity pay and the built-in raises.
BCS MEETING: Leaders say they are sorting through a “host of intricate details” about how college football’s postseason would work if major changes are made to the current format.
A statement released by the 11 conference commissioners and Notre Dame’s athletic director after a meeting in Dallas on Monday said: “While no decisions have been made about the overall structure, our talks have entered the ‘brass tacks’ level.”
No specific mention of four-team playoff was made in the statement, but all the commissioners have acknowledged that option is being discussed.
The statement says that if the format is changed, where and when games will be played and how the teams will be selected have to be worked out.