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ESPN inks 12-year broadcast deal with Sugar Bowl

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Now that the Sugar Bowl has added a Big 12 tie-in for the next 12 years as part of college football’s playoff rotation, it’s inked the broadcast rights for the game as well.

As expected, the Sugar Bowl will be seen on the World Wide Leader. ESPN announced a 12-year agreement with the Big 12 and SEC beginning in Jan., 2015 — the first year of the “new” Sugar Bowl in the playoff format.

Per the release, “ESPN will have the rights to the Sugar Bowl each year no matter what is determined to be the exact post-season bowl rotation as part of the future format.” ESPN already has the broadcast rights to the Rose Bowl between the Big Ten and Pac-12 through 2026. Both the Rose and Sugar Bowls will reportedly have a payout of $80 million annually.

The Orange, Rose and Sugar bowls will be part of the six access bowls rotating as semifinal sites in college football’s new playoff format; it’s expected that the Chick-fil-A, Cotton and Fiesta bowls will also be part of that rotation, but host at-large teams. The Orange Bowl has its conference tie-ins — featuring teams from the ACC and either the Big Ten, Notre Dame or SEC — so there’s a good chance ESPN will announce an agreement with the Orange Bowl next. When? TBD.

But with playoff pieces falling into place, expect ESPN to have a major, if not outright, role in the broadcast portion of the new postseason.

Mark Dantonio quickly tosses aside South Carolina discussion

Mark Dantonio

Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.

He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.

“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network

Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.

Dan Patrick: Spurrier brought personality to the SEC

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.

Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.