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Report: Oliver Luck expected to be part of playoff committee

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While we’re still at least a couple of months away from the unveiling of one of the two most critical factors in the new system to determine a national champion in football, one piece of one part of the puzzle has apparently already been identified.

According to Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com, West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck is expected to be part of the selection committee that will determine the four teams that will be part of the new College Football Playoff, which will be implemented following the 2014 regular season.  Luck has been named as a potential replacement for DeLoss Dodds at Texas, although the father of Andrew Luck has denied he has or will have interest in that AD opening.

Fowler added that a well-placed ACC source told him that Clemson AD Dan Radakovich is “the leader in the clubhouse” for another spot.

No one connected to the playoff, including executive director Bill Hancock, will comment on rumored candidates until the entire group is named, which could be as soon as early December.

The selection committee is expected to consist of 12-18 members, including current athletic directors from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC.  Also expected to be included on the committee are former administrators, ex-head coaches and, perhaps, a member or members of the media.

Hancock has been vetting potential candidates from a pool of “candidates” that climbed to more than 100.

The other key factor still to be determined is how the selection committee, once it’s in place, will determine the four teams who will take part in the playoff.  It’s unclear when that system will be announced, but it’s highly unlikely to happen prior to the announcement of the committee.

Appalachian State announces five-year extension for head coach Scott Satterfield

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One day after it was revealed its head coach was the second-lowest paid in college football, Appalachian State announced a five-year contract extension for head coach Scott Satterfield.

“We have the right coach leading our football program in Scott Satterfield,” Appalachian State AD Doug Gillin said in a statement. “In nearly three years as head coach, he has stayed true to his convictions, built the program the right way and set Appalachian State football up for sustainable success both in the Sun Belt Conference and at the national level.”


Satterfield had earned $375,000 annually, ahead of only Louisiana-Monroe’s Todd Berry at $360,000 a year.

Satterfield, 42, is 14-14 in his third season at the Boone, N.C., school. He led the Mountaineers to a 7-5 mark in their debut Sun Belt season, and has the club at 3-1 to start the 2015 campaign.

“It’s exciting for my family and me to know that we’re going to be at Appalachian for the foreseeable future,” Satterfield added. “I’m living a dream by being the head coach at my alma mater and can’t wait to continue to work hard to help this program reach heights that it has never reached before.”

Wisconsin announces 10-year agreement with Under Armour

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What has long been rumored became fact Friday, as Wisconsin announced a 10-year agreement with Under Armour.

“I am absolutely thrilled about our new partnership with Under Armour,” AD Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “Kevin Plank and his team have established a brand that fits perfectly with the Wisconsin athletics story and culture. Our primary focus at Wisconsin is, of course, our student-athletes, and Under Armour’s passion and commitment to high quality and innovation will benefit our student-athletes for years to come. Our entire department is looking forward to a long and mutually productive relationship with the Under Armour team.”

The new deal will pay the Badgers a total of $7 million in cash and product in 2015-16 and is valued at $96 million over the life of the contract, good for second in the Big Ten, trailing only Nike’s new contract with Michigan.

Hidden within the contract are two nuggets that UA offered to sway the Badgers away from Adidas, from the Portland Business Journal:

Wisconsin will get as much as $500,000 from Under Armour to “rebrand” athletic facilities. It’ll get $150,000 to build out an Under Armour retail space in a campus gift shop called Bucky’s Locker Room. It also gets two summer internships for students at Under Armour’s Baltimore headquarters.

“The University of Wisconsin is an institution built on the highest values of academic excellence, and we are extremely proud to be teaming up with one of the most vibrant, distinctive and successful athletic programs in the country to help elevate the performance of all Badgers with innovative footwear and apparel,” added Plank.

Wisconsin’s departure continues to weaken the stronghold Adidas had built in the Midwest after losing Michigan to Nike and Notre Dame to Under Armour in recent years (the company still owns apparel rights for Indiana and Nebraska). The Badgers are now the 41st Division I athletics department and 17th FBS program to join UA.