The Bowl Championship Series is negotiating a contract extension with ABC that would continue the present format through 2006, but Jim Wheeler, an executive vice president for Swiss-based sports media company ISL, is still working on a proposal for a Division I-A playoff, Bloomberg News reported.

The latest plan from the U.S. arm of ISL is for an eight-team playoff and a $3 billion payout over eight years to be divided among the I-A schools. On average, that's 2 1/2 times the $150 million the bowls are projected to pay this year. The plan would have first-round playoff games at the Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar Bowls and continue the next two weeks.

So far, though, Wheeler doesn't have the vote of anyone on the BCS's board of six conference commissioners, although some coaches, athletic directors and university presidents have endorsed it.

NEW TERPS: The Maryland football team has received oral commitments from TE Ryan Flynn of Cardinal Mooney High in Youngstown, Ohio, and LB Cole Boykin from Hudson Catholic High in Jersey City, N.J. . . . Virginia Tech has received oral commitment from All-Met DE Jason Lallis (DeMatha).

TIPOFF ANNOUNCED: Sunday's Maryland-Duke men's basketball game at Cole Field House will start at 1 p.m.