College Football News May 7: No Big 12 Championship Game, For Now


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.

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.

Long NFL Draft Wait for Central Michigan OL Kevin Henry Is Rewarded

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.

With Jameis Winston Headed to the NFL, Who Will Be College Football’s Vilified of 2015?

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.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott Suggests Regional Combines

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.”