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College Football Notebook – May 22, 2013

The American wants a bowl game too

If baseball won't fill the seats, might as well give football a shot.

If baseball won’t fill the seats, might as well give football a shot.

The SEC and Big 12 have their deal with the Sugar Bowl. The Big Ten and Pac 12 have the Rose Bowl. The ACC has a deal to stay in Miami with an Orange Bowl spot reserved. Now The American wants to stay in Miami as well, despite being essentially locked out of the Orange Bowl. With no spot available in the Orange Bowl, The American is looking to create a brand new bowl game, with Marlins Park potentially serving as the host site according to a report by Tampa Bay Times reporter Greg Auman.

The idea would mean we would have four bowl games being played in baseball stadiums. The Pinstripe Bowl (Yankee Stadium), Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl (Tropicana Field) and Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (AT&T Park) have proven that hosting bowl game sin baseball venues is possible, and Marlins Park should be more than big enough to host a football game if this plan gets that far.

But two bowl games in Miami? That is an idea that may need a little more support from the city, although multiple bowl games in the same city is certainly nothing new. New Orleans will host up to three bowl games in some years between the Sugar Bowl and New Orleans Bowl and a BCS Championship Game every now and then. Orlando also has hosted multiple games with the Russell Athletics Bowl and Capital One Bowl. The odds of playing a second bowl game in Sun Life Stadium, the home of the Miami Hurricanes, Miami Dolphins and the Orange Bowl, are probably slim. This makes Marlins Park the obvious choice.

It also makes it the most likely to receive support from the city of Miami, which forked over a large sum of tax payer dollars to construct a baseball stadium that struggles to see 14,000 fans show up on a  regular basis. If baseball is not going to fill the seats, you might as well find as many ways to pack the seats as possible.

Whatever happens with a bowl game in Marlins Park, please do not let Jeffrey Loria have any role in it.

American agrees on revenue split from Big East payments

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Big East exit fees could be valued at about $100 million for the American Athletic Conference. How that money is divided  among the American members appears to have been settled. As expected, schools that are carrying over from the Big East to the American will be receiving a higher cut of the money with a reported 60 percent cut. The new members will split the remaining 40 percent. That means some pretty nice pay days for Cincinnati, Connecticut and South Florida (estimated $20 million each). Navy will even get a cut of the other 40 percent despite not being a member of the conference until 2015.

More thoughts on Finebaum’s return to radio

I touched on this briefly late in yesterday’s notebook, but this morning on Crystal Ball Run I took some time to dig a little deeper in to how Finebaum’s return to radio might look and what it all means for ESPN and their college football coverage.

Mountain West commissioner sounds off on four-team playoff expansion

It was only a matter of time before one of the commissioners took an opportunity to suggest that a four-team playoff model may not be as solidly locked in place as we are being led to believe. Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson, the sixth most influential conference commissioner by my count, said he was breaking the script by suggesting expanding the playoffs could be a possibility despite a 12-year contract supposedly having a four-team format in stone.

I happen to agree that expanding the playoff field to eight is inevitable, it is just a matter of how soon it happens. Twelve years is a long time, and once these conferences start to see how valuable the playoff can be, expanding the field will probably make too much fiscal sense even if it goes against everything the power conferences say they stand for in terms of class time and schedule length. Give me a break.

Les Miles prefers eight-game SEC schedule

There has been a lot of debate and discussion over whether or not the SEC should move to a nine-game conference schedule or stick with eight. I have always been in favor of eight-game conference schedules under the current set-up of the college football season (12 games). LSU’s Les Miles told Tim Brando he is in favor of an eight-game schedule as well.

Brian Urlacher retires from football

Brian Urlacher, a New Mexico Lobo legend, retires from playing football.

Brian Urlacher, a New Mexico Lobo legend, retires from playing football.

Perhaps one of the best defensive players to ever come out of the now defunct football portion of the WAC, Brian Urlacher announced his retirement from the NFL this morning. Quite a solid career for the New Mexico legend.

Worth the Wait

Check out Northwestern’s Gator Bowl championship ring.

CBS releases initial football TV schedule

CBS has laid out their schedule for broadcasts on CBS for the 2013 season. In all, 16 games will include 13 SEC Games of the Week – including the SEC Championship Game – as well as the Army-Navy Game and Sun Bowl. A Navy vs. Air Force game is thrown in the mix as well. The highlights of the SEC schedule include the SEC Game of the Week opener between Alabama and Texas A&M in week three and the day after Thanksgiving game between Arkansas and LSU. More info here.

2013-2014 Bowl Schedule

Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl at the same time? Also, the GoDaddy.com Bowl is now just the GoDaddy Bowl. Full bowl schedule.

Athlon Top 50 Twitter Users

My friends over at Athlon Sports released a list of the top 50 Twitter accounts to follow for college football news and commentary. Sadly I did not make the cut this year (although I was listed on their top 20 Big Ten accounts), but you will see some familiar names in the form of previous podcast guests on this list.

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About the Author

Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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