Conference meetings are afoot in Phoenix for both the Big 12 and Pac-12. For the former, this offseason is one of potentially pivotal decisions after its co-champions were both left out of the College Football Playoff.
Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced Wednesday that the league won’t make a hasty decision. Per George Schroeder of USA Today:
“I’m not sensing that’s where we’re headed,” said Bowlsby after meeting Tuesday with the league’s athletic directors.
The Big 12 will continue to push for deregulation of the NCAA rule governing conference championship games — “but you shouldn’t draw any conclusions from that,” Bowlsby said.
Per Schroeder, Bowlsby made a much more definitive stance on expansion. He said the Big 12 has “no interest,” which is bad news for BYU in its search for Power Five designation.
Exactly. Perfectly put. RT @T_guy35: If any schools not in P5 were worth adding they would be in a P5 conference by now.
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) May 7, 2015
Whether or not the Big 12 might take a more aggressive approach had it been Oklahoma and Texas rather than Baylor and TCU left out of the Playoff picture, well…that’s a discussion for another time.
Ryan Wooden, Today’s Pigskin
Friend of the Site Ryan Wooden spent draft weekend chronicling the waiting game an under-the-radar prospect plays. That prospect was Central Michigan offensive lineman Kevin Henry, who went undrafted but will get his NFL shot with the Atlanta Falcons.
Ryan’s snapshot into a player’s pursuit of the NFL dream comes highly recommended.
The Student Section
We go from an underdog, undrafted free agent of the 2015 NFL draft, to the vilified, No. 1 overall pick. Jameis Winston took up the mantle of college football’s most scrutinized player from Johnny Manziel. Now that Winston is headed to Tampa Bay, who is primed to take over as the game’s new antagonist?
A roundtable of writers at The Student Section offer their predictions.
Jon Solomon, CBS Sports
While SEC coaches including Nick Saban and Hugh Freeze (among others) have publicly kvetched about satellite camps, the coaches and commissioner of the Pac-12 are embracing the concept.
Commissioner Larry Scott offered a solution that could assuage all parties: regional combines.
Per Jon Solomon:
“A lot of devil in the details in terms of figuring that out,” Scott said. “On top of the issues you’re reading about and the debates [with satellite camps], I think there is a concern our coaches have about the cost and the time involved for prospective student-athletes and coaches. They’re worried about a proliferation.”