Arkansas athletic director to chair College Football Playoff committee

BC wide receiver Alex Amidon has 10 career 100-yard games.
BC wide receiver Alex Amidon has 10 career 100-yard games.

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long will be the first chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee, and the rest of the 13-member panel that will decide which teams play for the 2014 national championship will be officially revealed Wednesday.

The announcement of Long to lead the committee and act as a spokesman was made Monday.

A news conference will be held Wednesday at the College Football Playoff’s offices in Irving, Texas, with Long and executive director Bill Hancock unveiling the members.


The names of the other members expected to be on the committee, however, already have been reported by the Associated Press and other media outlets.

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Long is among five current athletic directors, along with West Virginia’s Oliver Luck, Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez, Clemson’s Dan Radakovich, and Southern California’s Pat Haden.

Also expected to be on the committee are former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; retired Lieutenant General Michael Gould; former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese; former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne; former Notre Dame, Stanford, and Washington coach Tyrone Willingham; former NFL and Mississippi quarterback Archie Manning; former NCAA vice president Tom Jernstedt; and former college sports writer Steve Wieberg.

The committee will pick the four teams to play in the national semifinals in the system that will replace the Bowl Championship Series after this season.

‘‘I’m very humbled and honored to serve as the first chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee,’’ Long said in a statement. ‘‘There is no doubt our task will be challenging. However, I am confident in the committee members’ ability to determine the four best teams in college football. I look forward to getting to work.’’

Amidon garners award


BC receiver Alex Amidon earned Atlantic Coast Conference Receiver of the Week honors after his six-catch, 121-yard performance in a 24-14 loss at third-ranked Clemson on Saturday.

Amidon eclipsed the 100-yard mark for a school-record 10th time.

Through 39 career games, the senior sits fourth on the school’s all-time receptions and receiving yards lists.

BC (3-3, 1-2 ACC Atlantic) has a bye this weekend and will be back in action on Oct. 26 at North Carolina. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

More charges in UNC case

Another person has been charged with violating North Carolina sports agents law for providing $725 to former Tar Heels football player Robert Quinn.


Patrick Mitchell Jones, 39, a real estate agent from Cartersville, Ga., made his first court appearance Monday in Hillsborough, N.C., and was released on $20,000 secured bond. In an unsealed indictment, a grand jury indicted Jones with one count of athlete-agent inducement for providing money in May 2010 through a woman identified as Constance Orr to entice Quinn to sign with agent Terry Watson.

Jones — described as Watson’s friend in a search warrant unsealed last month — is the third person charged in the case with violating the state’s agent law.

Watson, based in Marietta, Ga., has been charged with 13 counts of providing nearly $24,000 in benefits in 2010 to Quinn, Greg Little, and Marvin Austin, three former Tar Heels players currently in the NFL. None of the three played a snap that season, with Quinn — a first-round pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2011 — ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA for accepting improper benefits.

Former UNC tutor Jennifer Wiley Thompson is also charged with four counts connected to providing money from Watson to Little, now with the Cleveland Browns.

Florida RB out for year

No. 22 Florida will be without running back Matt Jones for the remainder of the year, the latest addition to the team’s lengthy injury report. Jones had surgery Monday to repair torn meniscus in his left knee. Jones injured the knee during Saturday’s 17-6 loss at LSU. Jones, a 6-foot-2-inch, 226-pound sophomore, carried 79 times for 339 yards and two touchdowns this season. He missed most of fall practice and the season opener while recovering from a viral infection . . . No. 14 Missouri got the Southeastern Conference’s attention upsetting then-No. 7 Georgia on the road. Now the Tigers will try to retain momentum without their most indispensable player. Quarterback James Franklin is hurt again, out three to five weeks with a sprained right shoulder. Coach Gary Pinkel said he’s confident redshirt freshman Maty Mauk can do the job in his first career start on Saturday at home against Florida . . . Wisconsin receiver Jared Abbrederis will be evaluated over the next two days for a head injury before it is determined if he can play against Illinois on Saturday. Abbrederis was knocked out of the Northwestern game in the first half . . . Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said defensive tackle Robert Thomas will miss the remainder of the season after breaking his left leg in a loss to South Carolina. The senior is expected to need three to four months to recover . . . Oklahoma starting nose tackle Jordan Phillips likely is out for the season with a back injury. Sooners coach Bob Stoops said during his weekly press conference that Phillips will undergo surgery on Tuesday.

Bahamas Bowl set for ’14

A new bowl game will be played in Nassau, Bahamas, starting in 2014. The Bahamas Bowl will be part of a series of bowls shared by the Mid-American Conference, American Athletic Conference, Sun Belt, Mountain West, and Conference USA. The game will be played at Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, likely before Christmas, and the deal with the conferences runs for six years . . . Nebraska has delayed games against Tennessee for a decade but found a substitute opponent in the University of Oregon. Nebraska officials said Tennessee asked to delay their 2016 and 2017 games, which have been rescheduled to Sept. 12, 2026, in Lincoln and Sept. 11, 2027, in Knoxville. The Lincoln game with Oregon is scheduled for Sept. 17, 2016, and the Eugene game is set for Sept. 9, 2017 . . . Tennessee and Virginia Tech will finally play a football game at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee and expect to set a single-game attendance record in what is being billed as the ‘‘Battle at Bristol.’’ The game is scheduled for Sept. 10, 2016 . . . Goal posts, weathered bleachers, lockers, toilets, and turf will be for sale this weekend when pieces of the University of Akron’s old football stadium hit the auction block. Iron gates, food carts, sound systems, and signs from the 73-year-old Rubber Bowl also are up for grabs Saturday, auctioneer Glenn Witchey told the Akron Beacon Journal.