We’ll start today with some interesting thoughts from Bud Withers on the idea of the Pac-12 playing eight conference games instead of nine, a topic about which — as Withers explains — there was some internet buzz in the last few days.
As Withers notes, while coaches are pretty much in agreement they’d rather play just eight, creating an easier path to bowl games and undefeated seasons, athletic directors have always wanted nine for two main reasons — finances (for most schools, the one more conference game will bring in a lot more money than whatever non-conference game they could get) and wanting to keep alive as many traditional rivalries as possible after expanding to 12 teams.
And as Withers notes, there may have been a lot more smoke than fire to the rumblings of a philosophy change by the conference on this topic.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Dr. Saturday lists Austin Seferian-Jenkins as one of five players who may have the most on the line next year in terms of the 2014 NFL Draft.
— The NCAA put the new, relaxed recruiting rules on hold Thursday.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller with good stuff on the Pac-12’s views of the playoff system.
— And the Pac-12 blog looks at some of the top conference prospects for the 2014 draft.