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Bowl Championship Series executive director Bill Hancock will continue in a similar position as head of college football's new playoff system, it was announced Wednesday.

The new format will begin with the 2014-15 season. The playoffs will rotate between six bowls for the semifinals and a host city for the national championship game.

"Bill Hancock is exactly the right leader to guide this exciting and historic transition to the new college football playoff," Charles Steger, president of Virginia Tech and chairman of the Presidential Oversight Committee, said in a release.

"He shares our commitment to student-athletes, the importance of the regular season, and preserving America's college football bowl tradition. The Presidents, Commissioners, and all of us who care deeply about this great game are very pleased that Bill will continue to serve.

Hancock became executive director of the BCS in 2009 after serving as an administrator since 2005. He previously was director of the NCAA Final Four for 13 years.

"It is a thrill to be part of this group and to work with college football's leaders as the new playoff system is launched," Hancock said. "We all share a passion about this wonderful sport, and I'm excited to have the chance to help make such a popular sport event more popular for our fans."

The name of the new playoff format is still to be determined.

---Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel will miss Saturday's game against Jacksonville State because of an ankle sprain.

The sophomore's status for the regular-season finale against Florida State is still up in the air, coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday.

Sophomore Jacoby Brissett will start in Driskel's place Saturday.

"Whenever you deal with an ankle, it's a day-to-day process," Muschamp said. "It's a situation that continues to improve. How much it'll improve into next week, I have no idea at this time. We feel like he'll be available, but who knows?"

Brissett will be making his second start of the season Saturday. He completed 6 of 8 passes for 64 yards and one touchdown after Driskel got hurt late in the third quarter of last Saturday's game against Louisiana-Lafayette. Brissett has thrown only 13 passes this season.

Brissett replaced Driskel in the third quarter Saturday when Driskel went down with the ankle injury. Brissett completed 6 of 8 passes for 64 yards and a touchdown.

"Got a lot of confidence in Jacoby," Muschamp said of Brissett, who started the Gators' opener this season and played in eight games last year.

---A meeting between Cal coach Jeff Tedford and athletic director Sandy Barbour to discuss the future of the football program could come soon after Saturday's season finale against Oregon State.

Barbour told the San Jose Mercury News that she wants to address the situation quickly. Cal (3-8, 2-6 Pac-12) has lost four straight games and struggled this season after an opening loss at home to Nevada.

"In college football, there's not a lot of time to say 'we'll get to that tomorrow,'" Barbour said in an interview with the Mercury News.

"We need to resolve quickly what are the solutions to getting Cal football moving in the right direction. My first and foremost driver in any decision I will make is what's right for Cal."

Cal won't be going to a bowl game for the second time in three seasons. If the Bears lose Saturday, it will be their first five-game losing streeak in 28 years.

Tedford said he anticipates a meeting with Barbour shortly after the team's finale.

"The first place I will look is in the mirror," Tedford said of Cal's shortcomings this season.

---ESPN announced Wednesday a 12-year agreement with the Southeastern and Big 12 conferences for the broadcast rights to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans beginning in January 2015.

The annual game will be played Jan. 1 as part of the postseason bowl rotation that encompasses the new playoff format in which semifinal games will be played leading up to the national championship. ESPN will hold the rights to the game each year regardless of the playoff mix.

"Given the history of excellence by teams in the SEC and Big 12, we recognized the value in securing long-term rights to the Sugar Bowl," ESPN president John Skipper said.

ESPN had earlier announced a 12-year agreement starting in 2015 with the Pac-12 and the Big Ten for the Rose Bowl, which also will be part of the playoff rotation.

"The matchup between the SEC and the Big 12 in the Sugar Bowl on ESPN creates a new tradition for college football fans on New Year's Night," SEC commissioner Mike Slive said.
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