BCS title game could be played earlier in January

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The conference commissioners who run the BCS are determined to have the championship game played earlier in January and stop playing major bowls in the middle of the week after New Year’s Day.

The 11 conference commissioners and Notre Dame’s athletic director met Tuesday in Dallas, along with BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock to continue discussing changes to college football’s postseason.

Hancock says they had a “very broad conversation” and did not start whittling down a long list of ideas.

While there seems to be growing support for creating a four-team playoff to determine a champion, how exactly that would work remains to be seen.

Hancock says: “There are so many elements to this. They don’t feel in a rush to come to a conclusion.”

STAYING PUT: Boise State’s highly successful football program won’t be moving to the Big East early.

The school announced on Wednes­day that despite repeated conversations with the Big East, the Broncos will remain in the Mountain West for the 2012-13 athletic seasons.

In a statement, the school said there were too many obstacles and financial concerns to make the move a year earlier than expected.

COMPLAINT FILED: Vanderbilt officials say the Atlantic Coast Conference has filed a formal complaint for one of its members with the Southeastern Conference involving the Commodores’ football team.

Vice chancellor David Williams said in a statement Wednesday that the SEC informed Vanderbilt of the complaint.

“We are complying with SEC and Vanderbilt procedures and are conducting an investigation on the matter,” Williams said.

The SEC declined comment, and the ACC did not respond to a request for a response.

Maryland coach Randy Edsall gave unconditional releases Wednesday to three players, including quarterback Danny O’Brien, after originally trying to block any transfer to a handful of schools including Vanderbilt. The Commodores hired James Franklin as head coach in December 2010 away from Maryland where he had been coach in waiting to Ralph Friedgen.

Franklin led Vandy to a 6-7 record his first season.

“While at first I thought it was important to limit the institutions to which they could transfer, I have since reconsidered my decision” Edsall said in a statement. “At the end of the day, I want what’s best for these guys and I wish them well in their futures.”

The other players released include offensive lineman Max Garcia and linebacker Mario Rowson.

O’Brien is on track to graduate in three years and will have two years of eligibility remaining. He was the ACC Rookie of the Year as a redshirt freshman with Franklin as offensive coordinator in 2010. Under Edsall, he threw seven touchdown passes in an injury shortened season. Maryland finished 2-10 in its first season under Edsall.

“I am pleased to be able to move on and pursue a graduate degree and continue my athletic career at the school of my choosing.” O’Brien said. “I would like to thank Coach Edsall for his support throughout this process.”

FLORIDA STATE: Authorities say tailback James Wilder Jr. was arrested after a confrontation with deputies.

Florida’s Leon County Sheriff’s Office reports the 19-year-old was at a Tallahassee apartment Tuesday when deputies went to arrest a 20-year-old woman for missing a court appearance. As a deputy escorted the woman to a patrol car, a sheriff’s report says, Wilder stepped between the deputy and the woman and pushed the deputy.


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