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College notebook: BCS replaced by College Football Playoff

| Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 7:21 p.m.

The Bowl Championship Series will be replaced by the College Football Playoff.

A person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press the new four-team playoff starting after the 2014 regular season will be called the College Football Playoff, and the conference commissioners made it official Tuesday.

BCS executive director Bill Hancock, who will have the same position in the playoff system, said the goal was to have a simple and descriptive name.

The new postseason format will create two national semifinals to be played New Year's Eve or New Year's Day, with the winners advancing. The six bowls in the playoff rotation will host marquee, BCS-type games on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day during the seasons they don't host a semifinal.

Three semifinal spots already have been decided: the Rose, Orange and Sugar bowls.

Four other bowls have bid for the final three spots. The clear front-runners are the Cotton, Chick-fil-A and Fiesta. The Holiday Bowl also put in a bid, but even its organizers have acknowledged they are a long shot to land the game.

Those decisions will be announced Wednesday.

The site of the first national championship game in the new system also will be determined, and the finalists are Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

Davie gets extension

New Mexico and football coach Bob Davie agreed on a two-year contract extension.

The school announced the new seven-year agreement will run through the 2019 season.

New Mexico said the financial terms from the Sewickley native's original contract remain unchanged.

Davie, a former Notre Dame coach, signed a six-year, $4.5 million contract in late 2011.

Syracuse ball boys want lawsuit reinstated

Two former Syracuse basketball ball boys are asking a judge to reinstate their slander lawsuit against the school and coach Jim Boeheim.

Attorneys for Bobby Davis and Mike Lang filed a 54-page brief with the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court in Rochester in March.

State Supreme Court Justice Brian DeJoseph threw out the lawsuit in May, ruling that comments made by Boeheim after assistant coach Bernie Fine was fired weren't statements of fact but were opinions that are protected from defamation lawsuits.

Around campus

Alabama guard Trevor Lacey, who led the team in assists and 3-pointers, is transferring before his junior season. ... Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said Marshall Plumlee will be out 12-16 weeks after having left foot surgery. ... Rutgers introduced Eddie Jordan as its men's basketball coach. The 58-year-old played for the Scarlet Knights from 1973-77 and, most recently, was an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers. ... James Madison gave men's basketball coach Matt Brady a four-year contract extension.

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