BCS CHANGES: The Bowl Championship Series will announce a tightening of eligibility requirements for the selection of its two at-large teams and add several more databases to determine the BCS rankings that help decide the pairing for the national championship game in football, sources familiar with the adjustments said yesterday.
Under the revised criteria, a team must have at least a 9-2 record and be ranked among the top 12 teams to qualify for one of the BCS's two at-large berths. The other six spots are reserved for conference champions from the SEC, Big 12, ACC, Big East, Pac-10 and Big Ten. Previously, a team could qualify for an at-large berth by having an 8-3 record and being ranked among the top 12 or being ranked higher than the lowest ranked teams receiving an automatic berth in the BCS.
The adjustments would not have changed last season's controversial outcome that left Kansas State out of one of the four BCS bowls.
ROTARY WINNER: Baylor pitcher-designated hitter Jason Jennings won the Rotary Smith Award, given annually by the Rotary Club of Houston to the nation's top college baseball player. Jennings, a right-handed pitcher, was 13-2 with a 2.58 ERA in 146 2/3 innings this season. As a designated hitter, the 6-foot-3, 243-pound junior batted .386 with 17 homers and 69 RBI.