With college football headed toward a playoff, Big Ten administrators this week came out in favor of staging those games in bowls, a step that would keep the conference’s longstanding ties to the Rose Bowl.
But league officials said they could see the title game being played in cities other than the usual suspects in California, Florida and Louisiana, though they did not offer any specific suggestions.
“I think the championship game in any scenario is going to be independently bid, not part of the bowl situation,” Commissioner Jim Delany said Wednesday after wrapping up two days of meetings.
“If you looked at the options that we brought back to our conferences – one is inside the bowl, one is outside the bowl – in either case, I think the information indicated that the championship game would be bid out.”
A playoff, likely to include four teams, is expected as soon as the 2014 season, replacing the current No.1 vs. No. 2 BCS championship matchup that has rotated among the Sugar, Orange, Fiesta and Rose bowl sites.
GIANTS: The Super Bowl champs were presented with their latest Super Bowl ring Wednesday evening in Manhattan at Tiffany & Co.
Quarterback Eli Manning, who won his first Super Bowl in 2008, says he doesn’t wear that ring much.
“I kind of wear it on special occasions up to the start of the season, then I put it away,” Manning told CNN on Wednesday. “It’s a big ring. It’s almost hard to wear.”
COWBOYS: The engineer who signed off on plans for the tent-like practice facility that collapsed and seriously injured two team employees three years ago is paying a $12,000 fine to settle faulty design charges from the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.
Enrique Tabak entered into an agreement with the board to pay an administrative penalty of $12,040 last August, and the Canadian engineer has been making quarterly payments that are due to end in June, records show.
SAINTS: Arbitrator Shyam Das heard arguments from NFL and players union lawyers on whether Commissioner Roger Goodell can discipline players for actions that occurred before the league’s current labor agreement was signed last August.
The hearing stemmed from the NFL’s bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints.
Former Saints Anthony Hargrove, who was suspended eight games, and Scott Fujita, who was suspended for three, attended the hearing. Also suspended were current Saints Jonathan Vilma for the entire 2012 season and Will Smith for four games.
Das did not say when he would rule.
A separate arbitration hearing into whether Goodell has the authority to impose penalties on Saints players who participated in the team’s cash-for-hits system has been set for May 30.