CBSSports.com reported Tuesday that a four-team playoff was the most likely model.
"We will continue to meet and review the exact structure for what a new post-season could look like," BCS executive director Bill Hancock said. "We are making substantial progress. We will present to our conferences a very small number of four-team options, each of which could be carried out in a number of ways."
PELZER, SC -- A pedestrian was hit and killed Monday night in Anderson County, according to Highway Patrol troopers. The accident happened just after 9 p.m. in Piedmont.
William Munson III, 50, was heading east on Highway 86 when a pedestrian stepped out into the roadway and was hit, troopers said.
The Anderson County coroner identified the victim as Jack Thomas Ballew, 59, of Piedmont. Ballew was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital, where he died from multiple traumatic injuries, the coroner said.
Munson was not injured in the accident.
Over the course of three seasons, six football student-athletes competed while ineligible as a result of these violations, and multiple student-athletes received impermissible benefits totaling more than $31,000.
While employed by the university, a former assistant football coach (John Blake) was compensated by a sports agent for the access he provided to student-athletes and failed to disclose the income to the university. The former assistant coach and a former tutor both committed unethical conduct and failed to cooperate with the investigation.
Penalties for the case include a one-year postseason ban, reduction of 15 football scholarships, vacation of records and three years probation. The former assistant coach received a three-year show-cause penalty restricting any recruiting activity.
The trustees also approved the athletic facility plan for an addition to the Memorial Stadium WestZone complex. The addition of a One Clemson Museum and entrance, known as the "Oculus," will showcase the university’s athletic, academic and military heritage.
The 6,000-square-foot WestZone Oculus and One Clemson Museum Exhibit Space will include a lobby, interactive exhibits and displays from the university’s storied past, a rooftop terrace for family gatherings on game days, a 75- to 100-seat theater, gallery space and three levels to showcase the university and its military and athletic history. The total project cost is projected to be $15 million, financed through private sources. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2013.
Clemson Athletic Director, Dr. Terry Don Phillips, has announced the formation of an Athletic Advisory Committee. The committee is composed of 10 successful business leaders with strong ties to Clemson who will provide advice to the department from a strategic planning standpoint. The committee had a two-day meeting earlier this week.
"The nature of college athletics is changing in every area," said Phillips who has been Clemson's Athletic Director for nearly 10 years. "These changes are effecting how Clemson Athletics does business. It is a blessing to have access to successful business leaders who have and are facing similar issues in their industries.
The Athletic Advisory Committee is composed of discussion leader Harry Frampton, Vail, Colorado; Steve Bond, Georgetown; Jim Bostic, Atlanta; Jim Brown, Florence; Ray Cash, Seneca; Tom Chapman, Atlanta; Charles Dalton, Pickens; Rich Davies, Charlotte; Helen Hill, Charleston; Rodney Williams, Greenville.
"Clemson is one of the top athletic programs in the nation," said Frampton. "We have only one agenda - how to help Clemson Athletics go to the next level.
"Every area of major college sports is being challenged - competition, academic success, student/athlete welfare, compliance, finances, brand marketing and conference structure. Clemson needs to lead change, not react to it.
"This Athletic Advisory Committee is not a decision making body, we are advisory. Clemson has very capable administrators and Boards to make decisions. We commend Terry Don and his staff for involving motivated business leaders in their strategic planning."
The next meeting of the Athletic Advisory Committee is scheduled for June 18 and 19.
Are you considering any personnel moves on the offensive line?
Dabo. "Not really. I'm probably most disappointed in David Smith. He didn't play well. Mason is a guy you may see in there more. We have to get something out of Brandon Thomas at some point. We have to do a better job. We're confident we can have a good first group but they've got to play better. It was assignment-oriented, stuff that just shouldn't happen. We'll have a very physical Tuesday and Wednesday. We're always open to changes."
How did you feel about the line's physicality?
Dabo: "I thought they tried to be more physical than they were in the first week. Still not what we want. At the end of the day, we had 500-something yards of offense. We lost 45 yards on the sacks. Two of them were legit sacks where we just got beat. The others were assignments where we turned guys completely loose. But we ran the ball pretty effectively. The fourth-and-one was 100-percent on our tight end. Our tight end just doesn't block the C-gap. The guys up front really knocked them off the ball. They'll get better, though. They'll get better."
"This offense is kind of a zone scheme, but it’s not the same zone. The running backs aren’t taking the same cuts as they were in the old scheme. We were more going sideways in the old scheme. This scheme is way more straight-ahead. The footwork is more straight-ahead instead of drop-stepping. Not to say the old offense wasn’t physical; it was very physical. It was more just aimed towards teams that would hopefully flow with us. That was the hope, that we could get yards off the cutbacks. This offense is either side, so it gives us more than one option.
"It’s pure A-gap stuff. We’ve got a couple of B-gaps, but it’s definitely pure A-gap. If that’s not there, they’ll see the cutback. It’s straight off the ball with our tackles and guards. There’s no dropping back. It’s just coming off the ball and pushing guys back."
Patterson and his program are also credited with more than $172 million in construction and renovation of a dozen facilities over the past three years, including four new dormitories, an education building and a student union. His 98-28 record over the past decade is the reason that this year, T.C.U. had nearly 20,000 applicants, about four times the number it had six years ago, for 1,600 slots.
"Our athletic notoriety is worth billions in publicity," Victor Boschini Jr., the university chancellor, said. "If you get your name on the cover of USA Today’s sports section three times a week, you can’t buy that much in advertising. It gets kids to our front door, and then they come and fall in love."
A curious thing is alleged to have happened five years ago when Scott Wingo joined roughly thirty other high school students in taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in Greenville, S.C.
According to a source who was in the room at the time – a source who went to high school with the future college baseball star – the person who took the test wasn’t Scott Wingo.
"It wasn’t him," our source confirmed earlier this month during a lengthy telephone interview, adding that they "didn’t recognize the person" who allegedly took the test in Wingo’s place.
Wingo has not respond to numerous requests for comment over the last few weeks, although a spokesman for the University of South Carolina told FITS that the former Gamecock captain and College World Series hero has denied the report to school officials.
"We have spoken to the player in question," USC spokesman Steve Fink said in a statement emailed to FITS earlier this month. "He has assured us that there is no truth to the allegation."
The Blue Jays may have missed out on Tyler Beede, but they did sign LHP Daniel Norris. Bonus is $2 million