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College football notebook: Big 12 wants NCAA to allow conference title game

Kansas State Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder watches from the sideline during the fourth quarter of the NCAA college football game against Baylor Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Waco Texas. Baylor won 52-24. AP Photo

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By The Associated Press
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, 2:34 p.m.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the league likely will seek permission from the NCAA to hold a championship game even though it doesn't have the 12 members required under the current rules.

Down to 10 members after the departure of Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri and Texas A&M in recent years, the Big 12 was forced to do without a championship game the past two seasons. Kansas State and Oklahoma tied for the championship with matching 8-1 records in conference play last season, and the Wildcats earned the automatic BCS berth after winning the head-to-head matchup.

Oklahoma got left out of the BCS when Northern Illinois made a late charge up the standings.

With shifting membership, the Big Ten and Pac-12 added conference title games in recent years. The SEC and ACC already had them.

“At a time when lots of deregulation is taking place, it seems a little bit odd that the NCAA would be describing how we determine our champions,” Bowlsby said.

Bowlsby reiterated the league is comfortable with proceeding forward with 10 members because conference members are receiving high payouts per school and pleased with their access to the postseason.

“We are unconvinced at this point that larger is better,” Bowlsby said.

While the league is not currently considering expansion, Bowlsby said it was looking at working with other conferences for partnerships on such things as strengthening nonconference schedules in football and men's basketball.

K-State's Snyder inks new deal

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder signed a new five-year deal that includes an increase in compensation to $14.75 million over the life of the contract.

Snyder's new deal increases his salary to $2.75 million for the 2013 season with annual increases of $100,000.

The 73-year-old led the Wildcats (11-2) to their second Big 12 title and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl this past season, and was voted AP's Big 12 Coach of the Year.

Iowa, Huskers seek Friday game

Iowa and Nebraska want to continue playing each other on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

The schools will ask the Big Ten to honor their request when an administrative council meets next month.

The Hawkeyes and Huskers are currently slated to meet on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2013-14, but they want to push those matchups up a day.

Frost named Ducks' coordinator

Oregon has promoted former Nebraska quarterback Scott Frost to offensive coordinator under new coach Mark Helfrich.

Frost, 38, has been Oregon's wide receivers coach for the past four seasons under coach Chip Kelly, who left this month to become the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Ohio State hikes ticket prices

Tickets to Ohio State's home football games will cost more after the school's board of trustees approved an increase.

Most home game tickets will rise in price from $70 to $79.

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