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NCAA President Mark Emmert supports 4-team playoff format | College football

NCAA President Mark Emmert reiterated his support Monday for a two-round, four-team Bowl Championship Series playoff and his concern about the discord conference expansion can create.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — NCAA President Mark Emmert reiterated his support Monday for a two-round, four-team Bowl Championship Series playoff and his concern about the discord conference expansion can create.

Emmert, previously the University of Washington president, said there are ongoing discussions about what he described as a Final Four model — a scenario that would have matched Louisiana State against Stanford and Alabama versus Oklahoma State this season, with the winners advancing to the title game. Alabama defeated LSU 21-0 win the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 9 in New Orleans.

"I wish it had been a better game," said former LSU chancellor Emmert, who spoke at a Tallahassee civic organization's luncheon.

Not everyone supported the rematch between the two Southeastern Conference schools for the BCS title.

"If I had to guess, we'll see some movement in the format," Emmert said. "Where it's going to wind up, I don't know."

Emmert noted the decision is out of his 1,100-member organization's hands although all BCS members are also members of the NCAA — the governing body of the lower-division football championships and 86 other men and women's sports.

Emmert said he is opposed to a broader playoff in football because it would add stress on athletes and universities.

"It is hard to imagine a model if you continue with a 12-game schedule ... and then lay on top of that a 16- or 24-team playoff," Emmert said. "You wind up putting young men through an awful lot."

Emmert said he is concerned about ill feelings resulting from much of the recent conference realignment. The latest round of moves impacted most major conferences and was turbulent.

"There weren't a lot of winners coming out of that," Emmert said. "You wind up with the lawsuits, you wind up with a lot of bad blood, a lot of bad publicity."


Joe Paterno's family will be selling copies of the Hall of Fame coach's memorial service and donating the proceeds to charity.

A statement from son Scott Paterno said numerous media outlets have expressed an interest in selling copies of the emotional public memorial service that drew about 12,000 people to a campus arena last week. The family plans to launch a website where DVD copies of the service can be purchased.

Joe Paterno, 85, died Jan. 22 from lung cancer, less than three months after he was fired from Penn State in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Paterno was not charged in the scandal.

• Rutgers turned to assistant Kyle Flood to replace Greg Schiano as coach, hours after Florida International's Mario Cristobal reportedly passed on a chance to take over the Scarlet Knights. A person with knowledge of the decision said Flood, 41, accepted Rutgers' offer.

Schiano left Rutgers last week to become coach of the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

• Iowa is declining to release records showing how its administration responded to a woman's sexual-assault claim against sophomore running back Marcus Coker.

School officials released nine pages of records that don't shed light on the situation involving Coker, 19, who was suspended for last month's Insight Bowl for unspecified misconduct and later left the program.

Iowa officials claimed other documents in the case cannot be released because of a student-privacy law.

A woman who received medical treatment Oct. 28 told police Coker assaulted her hours earlier at his residence. Coker was not charged criminally after the woman decided not to seek charges; his suspension came after a university investigation.

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