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Playoff Talk Fills Our Latest Reader Mailbag

Discussion of the new college football playoff dominates this week’s Big Ten reader mailbag, and that’s no surprise to anyone who follows college football. The people wanted change, and change is what we got. The formal announcement came down Tuesday and by now you know where I stand on it. Other experts, of course, have chimed in as well. So, you have emailed me your questions and I have typed up my answers. Let’s put them all together now and see what we get. What do you think of the new playoff format? – Jim Overall, I am happy with the

CBSSports.com: What if there was playoff last 6 years?

CBSSports.com’s Matt Hinton is a playoff advocate, so he must have been thrilled with Tuesday’s news that a four-team playoff is official. If his latest work is any indication, he can’t wait for the 2014 field to be determined. Curiously wondering what the playoff would have looked like in recent years, Hinton recently scribed a post that includes the playoff bracket for each of the past six seasons. [CBSSports.com: Playoff Precedents: College football has its bracket, but is it going to work?] It’s a good thing Hinton goes back six seasons, because the 2006 campaign was the one where Ohio

Delany, Hollis, others react to playoff reality

In case you missed it Tuesday night, a committee of university presidents approved a four-team college football playoff, which will debut in the 2014 season and run for 12 years. Get Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and Michigan State AD Mark Hollis’ thoughts on the decision in this post, plus see relevant tweets from across the nation. [Dienhart: Let’s Get This Playoff Party Started] Delany “The Big Ten Conference is pleased with the decision made by the presidential oversight committee to implement a four-team playoff for college football. We feel that this system will protect the regular season, preserve the

Big Ten Links: Tracking the Playoff Buzz

Where were you on the day college football changed forever? Yes, Tuesday was one of those iconic days when we all will remember where we were at when the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee officially adopted a four-team playoff, set to begin in 2014. Now here’s a look at what some of the leading pundits think of the new postseason structure today. You know what I think; come tell me what you think in the comments box, by email to my mailbag, or via Twitter and Facebook. All of my contact info is at the end of this post. Listen up:

Former star Mike Bellamy joins Illinois staff

Mike Bellamy is coming back to Illinois. The former Illini All-American has been hired as Illinois’ assistant director of player personnel and relations, Tim Beckman announced Wednesday afternoon. A second-team All-American as a kick returner and a first-team All-Big Ten receiver in 1989, Bellamy will coordinate all former player events, assist with on-campus recruiting and recruiting mailings, help coordinate the annual Illinois high school coaching clinic and coordinate all functions with Block I, fraternities and sororities. [FightingIllini.com: Former receiver Bellamy joins Illini staff] “I am very excited to have another Illini great join our football family in Mike Bellamy,” Beckman

Dienhart: Let's Get This Playoff Party Started

Make a note of this day. It’s memorable. It’s historic. It’s the day college football changed forever with the adoption of a four-team playoff. Today in Washington, the BCS presidential oversight committee rubberstamped a four-team playoff that was endorsed by conference commissioners and Notre Dame. The four-team configuration will be in place for 12 years beginning with 2014. Every sport in America concluded its season with a playoff—even FCS, Division II and Division III football. But not major college football. Those days are finished. Thank goodness. Speaking at Tuesday’s press conference Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany seemed pleased, citing the

Presidents approve college football playoff

(AP) Playoffs and tournaments long have determined champions of every college sport from baseball to bowling. The exception was major college football. That ended Tuesday. Come 2014, the BCS is dead. A committee of university presidents approved a plan for a four-team playoff put forward by commissioners of the top football conferences. [Dienhart: Let’s Get This Playoff Party Started] For years, the decision-makers had balked at any type of playoff because they said it would diminish the importance of the regular season. If only two teams had a chance to win a championship in the postseason, even one loss could

Dienhart: Get Ready To Embrace Football Playoff

It’s so close, you can see it. There’s one last hurdle to clear. And then, the holy grail of college football will be reached: a playoff. I still can’t believe it. After years of wanting, wondering and dreaming about a college football playoff, it could become a reality as soon as today, when the BCS commissioners will present their playoff proposal to the 12-member presidential oversight committee in Washington. If the guys wearing the mortar boards who sit behind massive mahogany desks in ivy covered ivory towers rubber stamp the idea, it will be full steam ahead to a playoff

Former NIU S Tommy Davis transfers to Illinois

Former Northern Illinois defensive back and kick returner Tommy Davis has transferred to Illinois and is eligible for the 2012 season. Davis, who spent the past four years at NIU, earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies in May and will work toward a master’s degree in education policy, organization and leadership (EPOL) at Illinois. The 5-11, 205-pound Davis was twice named to the All-MAC team as a return specialist (2009-10) and also racked up 111 tackles over the last two seasons. [FightingIllini.com: Tommy Davis Joins Fighting Illini] During his NIU career, Davis played in 41 games and made 19

Catch Up With Monday's Big Ten Links

It’s Monday. And I have all the top Big Ten grid links right here, including some news on rankings. Who doesn’t love rankings? Am I right, people? Of course I am. The Lincoln Journal Star has assembled a 1-12 ordering of its “dandy dozen” Big Ten players for 2012. What do you think? Having Wisconsin running back Montee Ball No. 1 is what they call in the biz a “no brainer.” But Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead at No. 2? Hmmmm. I’m not so sure about that. Nothing against Rexy. He’s a great back. But I would put Michigan State