College notebook: NCAA hoops semis moving to cable in '14
The Final Four's first two games are moving to cable next year.
The national semifinals will air on TBS in 2014 and '15, with the title game remaining on CBS, the companies said Tuesday.
Under the 14-year deal that CBS and Turner Sports signed with the NCAA in 2010, CBS and TBS were scheduled to start alternating broadcasts of the entire Final Four starting in 2016, but Turner had the option to move that up to 2014.
Network executives decided in recent months that the best approach for both companies was to split the coverage for the next two years before beginning to take turns. TBS will televise the entire Final Four in 2016 and CBS in '17.
“It was a nice opportunity to have a transition,” Turner Sports chief David Levy said during a conference call.
The two companies recently completed the third year of their contract, which televised every game in the tournament for the first time using CBS and three Turner channels — TBS, TNT and truTV. The new model has drawn strong ratings and proved viewers are comfortable finding the games on cable.
Source: A-10 adds Davidson
A source told ESPN that Davidson will leave the Southern Conference and join the Atlantic 10 for the 2014-15 season.
The A-10 is attempting to refortify its ranks after losing Xavier and Butler to the Big East. George Mason will join the A-10 for the 2013-14 campaign.
Davidson had turned down an invitation to join the Colonial Athletic Association one year ago.
Tennessee guard leaving
Tennessee guard Trae Golden informed the Volunteers' men's basketball coaching staff that he is transferring.
The 6-foot-2 guard from Powder Springs, Ga., ranked third in the Southeastern Conference with 3.9 assists per game and was the Volunteers' third-leading scorer with 12.1 points per game as a junior this past season.
New deal, new penalty
It would cost Iowa State men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg $2 million to leave the Cyclones for another Division I school under a contract signed last week and made public Tuesday.
Hoiberg agreed to a 10-year, $20 million deal in March after leading Iowa State to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.
Hall of Famers revealed
The only time Tommie Frazier and Danny Wuerffel shared the field during their brilliant college careers, Frazier's Nebraska team trampled Wuerffel and Florida in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl to win the national championship.
Wuerffel and the Gators bounced back from that record-breaking 62-24 smackdown to take the title the next season.
The former quarterbacks will cross paths again in December, when they are inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Wuerffel and Frazier, along with Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne, highlighted the latest Hall of Fame class of 12 players and two coaches announced by the National Football Foundation on Tuesday.
The rest of the players to be inducted in Manhattan are: Miami Heisman winner Vinny Testaverde, whose selection was announced Monday; Ted Brown of North Carolina State; Tedy Bruschi of Arizona; Jerry Gray of Texas; Steve Meilinger of Kentucky; Orlando Pace of Ohio State; Rod Shoate of Oklahoma; Percy Snow of Michigan State; and Don Trull of Baylor.
The new Hall of Fame coaches are Wayne Hardin, who led Navy and Temple, and Bill McCartney of Colorado.
LSU RB's new probation
LSU running back Jeremy Hill met with a judge and received more restrictive conditions for his probation in the wake of his recent arrest in a bar fight.
Hill was already on probation from a past plea deal when he was arrested April 27. Hill must stay out of bars, seek substance abuse counseling and adhere to a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Hill was LSU's leading rusher as a freshman in 2012.