Sports in Brief: Justice to NCAA: Why no playoff?

Posted: May 05, 2011

The Justice Department has sent a pointed letter to the NCAA asking why there isn't a playoff system for college football.

In a letter this week, the department's antitrust chief, Christine Varney, asked NCAA President Mark Emmert why college football doesn't use a playoff system to determine its national champion, while other NCAA sports do; what steps the NCAA has taken to create one; and whether Emmert thinks there are aspects of the Bowl Championship Series system that don't serve the interest of fans, schools, and players.

The department has been urged to launch an antitrust investigation into college football's BCS, to ensure that some schools don't get preferential treatment in access to the national championship game.

BCS executive director Bill Hancock says he's confident that the BCS complies with the law. The NCAA did not comment.

Connecticut director of basketball administration Glen Miller has been promoted to assistant coach of the men's team. Miller, 49, spent 17 seasons as a collegiate head coach, including a 2006-09 stint at Penn.

The Pac-10 on Wednesday announced the launch of its own television network, a venture made possible by a 12-year joint deal with ESPN and Fox worth about $3 billion.

The TV deal, the richest in college sports at about $250 million per year, will go into effect in 2012 and allow the conference to televise every football and men's basketball game. The conference will be renamed the Pac-12 in July with the addition of Utah and Colorado.

Miami defensive tackle Jeffrey Brown is facing a charge of sexual battery and has been suspended indefinitely from the football team. Police in Coral Gables, Fla., say Brown was charged Wednesday afternoon. The alleged incident happened April 30.

The 6-foot-3, 297-pound Brown, a redshirt freshman from Evanston, Ill., forced sex on an intoxicated female in her dorm room, according to the arrest affidavit. In a statement, the university acknowledged it "has become aware of the serious charges made against a student athlete, and he has been suspended indefinitely."

SOCCER: Charlie Davies scored his MLS-leading sixth goal and added an assist to lead host D.C. United to a 2-1 win over Seattle Sounders FC. Josh Wolff also had a goal and an assist, and Andy Najar chipped in with two assists to help D.C. (3-4-1) snap a two-game skid. United's Bill Hamid made two crucial saves late, tipping a free header by Alvaro Fernandez over the crossbar in the 73d minute and diving left to stop Fredy Montero in the 76th.

Scott Palguta scored his first career goal as the visiting Colorado Rapids ended a four-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo. Palguta took a pass from Caleb Folan and drilled the eventual winner through traffic from the upper-center box into the right side of the goal in the 84th minute. Houston had its six-game unbeaten streak snapped.

LACROSSE: Chester's PPL Park will host a college lacrosse tournament Oct. 22, a daylong benefit for cancer research that is being billed as the Fall Brawl for a Cure. The first game will pit Stony Brook against Loyola at 3 p.m., followed by Villanova and Sienna at 5 p.m. During the day before the games, various college teams will scrimmage.

- Staff and wire reports

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