PASADENA, Calif. — The first championship game in the College Football Playoff will be held at Cowboys Stadium.
The BCS conference commissioners announced Wednesday that Arlington, Texas, edged Tampa, Fla., in the bidding to be the site of the first title game in the new playoff system.
The game will be held Jan. 12, 2015.
The final three sites for the semifinal rotation also were announced, and Cowboys Stadium came up a winner again. The Cotton Bowl, which is played at the $1.2 billion home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, will be part of the six-bowl rotation, along with the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta and the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz.
The Rose, Orange and Sugar bowls are part of the semifinal rotation. The Rose and Sugar will host the first semifinals Jan. 1, 2015.
The next season, the Cotton and Orange bowls will host the semifinals on New Year’s Eve. The semis will be played in the Fiesta and Chick-fil-A bowls after the 2016 season.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl, formerly the Peach Bowl, has been played in the Georgia Dome since 1992. A new domed stadium is in the works, and the Chick-fil-A bowl will move into that when it opens in 2017.
The only major remaining issue to tackle for the commissioners is the composition and structure of the selection committee, which will pick the teams that play for the national championship. That won’t be finalized at these meetings, but it’s on the agenda and they would like to leave California with a framework in place.
NCAA president defends proposed change to recruiting rules
NCAA president Mark Emmert is defending a proposed change to football recruiting rules that would have removed the limits on the number of time coaches can call and text message recruits.
Emmert spoke to the Football Bowl Association about a wide range of topics, including the need for clear lines of communication between the NCAA and its members.
The board of directors adopted 27 proposals to deregulate recruiting and streamline the rule book. One allowed unlimited contact with recruits through texts, email and social media, but a push back from coaches sent that proposal back to committee for modification
Emmert says trying to count and keep track of texts and phone calls is “literally crazy,” and that basketball coaches currently work with no limits on texts and calls.
Florida guard decides to transfer
Florida guard Jessamen Dunker, suspended since allegedly stealing a scooter in January, has decided to transfer.
Dunker, a redshirt freshman from Boynton Beach, was one of the top offensive line recruits in the country when he signed with the Gators in 2012. He didn’t play as a freshman.