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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:

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

Indiana football practice facility to get FieldTurf

Grass fields are such a thing of the past. The new thing is FieldTurf, both for game and practice fields, and Indiana is in the process of adding the innovative artificial turf to its east practice field, which used to be a grass surface. The turf, according to IUHoosiers.com, will be completed in time for the 2012 season. See pictures of the project in this post. Crew has been Working Hard! Ready to Roll for Pre-Season Camp! #WinToday pic.twitter.com/NMFDR3JZ — Kevin Wilson (@IUCoachWilson) June 26, 2012 Making Progress on the New Practice Fields!! #HoosierNation pic.twitter.com/YDeoq2zC — Kevin Wilson (@IUCoachWilson) June

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

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

The week that was: Last week's top 10 stories

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time to look back at the most popular stories from the week that was. Here are our top 10 most read posts from the past week. Enjoy, Big Ten fans. 10. Iowa’s new practice facility taking shape The Iowa football team will have a new indoor practice facility when it opens practice in August. The 100,000-square foot, fixed-roof facility is a vast improvement over “The Bubble” that the team has used the past 27 years. With August fast approaching, @HawkeyeFootball tweeted a few pictures of the facility. 9. CBSSports.com ranks BCS teams since 2007

Listen Up: Send Us Your Big Ten Questions

It may only be the beginning of July, but Big Ten fans are craving football. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart answers all of your college football questions and others in his regular Big Ten reader mailbags. Wondering about 2012 season predictions? Or players to watch? Use the submission form in this post to pepper our expert with your football questions and comments. Dienhart uses the best notes in each mailbag, and he’s on Twitter (@BTNTomDienhart) and Facebook, too. And don”t forget that we’re taking your nominations for future classic football games for “The Big Ten Greatest Games.” Those emails are rolling in,

Athlon Sports ranks top 25 Big Ten Heisman Candidates

Coming up with 25 national candidates for the Heisman Trophy is difficult enough, so it’s easy to understand what Athlon Sports must have gone through while compiling its Big Ten’s 25 Heisman Trophy Contenders. Twenty-five, really?! Let’s focus on the top 5, what do you say? Here it is: 1. Denard Robinson; 2. Montee Ball; 3. Rex Burkhead; 4. Braxton Miller; 5. Taylor Martinez. Not many surprises, although some would say Ball, a Heisman finalist a year ago, should be No. 1. The biggest eyebrow-raiser might be Miller at No. 4. The Ohio State sophomore QB has all the tools,