AP: Football conferences net record take from BCS
WASHINGTON — College football conferences will get a record take of about $170 million from this year's Bowl Championship Series games, including a new high of $24.7 million for the five conferences that don't get automatic bids to the BCS bowls.
BCS officials say the higher figures were fueled by the new television contract with ESPN. In addition, the five conferences that don't get automatic bids were helped by the automatic berth earned by Texas Christian University. Those conferences got slightly more than last year's $24 million.
Under the BCS system, six conferences get automatic bids to participate in top-tier bowl games while the other five don't. Those six conferences, which sent nine of the 10 teams to the BCS bowl games this year, will take in about $145 million. The Big Ten, Southeastern and Pac-10, which each had two teams in BCS bowls, will receive about $27.2 million each, while the ACC, Big East and Big 12 will each receive roughly $21.2 million.
SAN DIEGO — New San Diego State football coach Rocky Long has hired Andy Ludwig as offensive coordinator.
Ludwig has 16 years of experience as an offensive coordinator and 24 years of coaching experience overall.
He spent the last two seasons at California as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Prior to that, he was offensive coordinator at Utah (2005-08), Oregon (2002-04), Fresno State (1998-01), Cal Poly (1997) and Augustana (1993-94).
CINCINNATI — Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco is putting his unusual name back in the news.
Ochocinco suggested at the end of an interview with ESPN on Tuesday that he's planning to change his name back to Johnson. He didn't give a specific reason, other than saying he's "done enough with the Ocho thing."
He has talked about changing his name several times. Leading up to a game against the Jets during the 2009 season, he insisted that he would change his name back to Johnson if cornerback Darrelle Revis shut him down.
Ochocinco failed to catch a pass, but kept his name. He later said his comments were made in fun and he was never serious about a name change.
Cashman: If Jeter moves, outfield would be a fit
NEW YORK — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says that if shortstop Derek Jeter ever does switch positions, the outfield would be a good fit.
Cashman took questions from fans Tuesday at an event sponsored by WFAN radio. The GM says Jeter is the Yankees' shortstop and that the team doesn't have any plans to move him.
The 36-year-old Jeter recently signed a three-year contract with a player option for 2014. In the event Jeter does shift, Cashman suggests center field would be the right spot.
UNC, Michigan State close to aircraft carrier game
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina and Michigan State are closing in on a deal to play a basketball game on an aircraft carrier next season.
Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said on his radio show Monday night that the teams hope to play on Veteran's Day in San Diego on a carrier.
Larry Gallo, a senior associate athletic director at UNC, said Tuesday that a contract isn't in place yet.
Gallo said discussions also involve the U.S. government and a promoter.
Compiled from wire reports