College football notebook: Demographics matter, Delany says
Standing pat was greatest risk, says Big Ten’s chief
Cincinnati coach Butch Jones won’t take a job at Colorado, but is possibly a candidate at Tennessee and Wisconsin.
The sports television market in New York includes nine major professional franchises, but Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said there’s “space to grow” for his conference in an area that has been indifferent to college sports for decades.
In fact, demographics were at the heart of the Big Ten’s decision to expand into the Northeast market with the recent addition of Rutgers from the Big East and Maryland from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Speaking yesterday at the IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum presented by Sports Business Journal in New York, Delany said the risk of standing pat with 12 members was greater than the risk of expanding to 14 in the shifting environment of conference expansion.
“Demographics matter,” Delany said. “I think it matters to be in New Jersey and Maryland and around D.C., Philadelphia and New York. It matters to us for it to be contiguous. It matters for it to be flagship universities.”
Awards show winners
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o was named the Walter Camp national player of the year. The award, announced before last night’s College Football Awards show in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., is voted on by the 124 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors. Te’o also won the Bednarik Award, given to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player, and the Maxwell Award, given to the most outstanding player.
Other winners were:
• Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M won the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.
• Montee Ball of Wisconsin won the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s outstanding running back.
• Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M won the Outland Trophy, given to the nation’s outstanding interior lineman.
• Johnthan Banks of Mississippi State won the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back.
• Marqise Lee of Southern California won the Biletnikoff Award for the nation’s outstanding receiver.
• Cairo Santos of Tulane won the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award.
• Ryan Allen of Louisiana Tech won the Ray Guy Award as the best punter for the second consecutive year.
• Brian Kelly of Notre Dame won coach of the year.
Cincinnati coach Butch Jones withdrew his name from consideration for the head coaching job at Colorado, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
ESPN reported that Jones has surfaced along with Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart as candidates for the vacant head coaching job at Tennessee, after Louisville’s Charlie Strong turn down the Vols. Jones also has been mentioned as a possible candidate at Wisconsin.
• Texas president Bill Powers has issued a statement of “full support” for coach Mack Brown after the Longhorns finished 8-4 in the regular season and didn’t qualify for a Bowl Championship Series bowl for the third consecutive year.