Two future-shaping developments happened in college football Wednesday, and both were expected.
ESPN announced a 12-year agreement to televise the Sugar Bowl, beginning in 2015. The game will match the champions of the SEC and Big 12 in most years.
The Sugar Bowl will be part of the college football playoff rotation as a semifinal site, along with five other bowls, although the rotation hasn’t been determined.
If the SEC and Big 12 advance teams to national semifinals played at other bowls, each conference would provide another team for the Sugar Bowl.
The Sugar Bowl will be played annually on Jan. 1 in the evening
Also Wednesday, Bowl Championship Series executive director Bill Hancock was announced as the new leader of the college football playoffs.
Hancock, who lives in Prairie Village, joined the BCS as an administrator in 2005 and became its executive director in 2009. He’ll manage a staff that will be in charge of the championship game and run the four-team playoff, beginning with the 2014 regular season.