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

It was a busy week this past week, what with the 2012 NBA Draft and college football approving a four-team playoff. To no surprise, both topics are represented in our top 10 stories from last week. See the entire top 10 in this post.

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ESPN, Rose Bowl agree to 12-year extension

(AP) The Rose Bowl has agreed to a 12-year extension with ESPN that will keep the game on the network through 2026. ESPN President John Skipper, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott and Rose Bowl officials announced the deal Thursday. Skipper called the Rose Bowl “one of sport’s most meaningful” events.

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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.

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Big Ten products up for 2012 ESPY Awards

It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years, huh? The 2012 ESPY Awards will mark the 20th installment of ESPN’s annual awards show. It all happens Wednesday, July 11 at 9 p.m. ET in Los Angeles. As is the case every year, Big Ten products are up for their share of awards. See all of the Big Ten nominees in this post. Also, you can vote on the ESPY Awards here.

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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.

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