The conference commissioners who run the Bowl Championship Series are determined to have the championship game played earlier in January and stop playing major bowls in the middle of the week after New Year's Day.

The conference commissioners who run the Bowl Championship Series are determined to have the championship game played earlier in January and stop playing major bowls in the middle of the week after New Year's Day.

The 11 conference commissioners and Notre Dame's athletic director met yesterday in Dallas, along with BCS executive director Bill Hancock, to continue discussing changes to college football's postseason.

Hancock said they had a "very broad conversation" and did not start whittling down a long list of ideas.

• Highly rated wide receiver recruit Davonte Neal from Scottsdale, Ariz., signed a letter of intent with Notre Dame.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Neal was considered the highest-rated recruit still unsigned.

Notre Dame lost out on its top receiver recruit on signing day when Deontay Greenberry signed with Houston after giving an oral commitment to the Fighting Irish.

• Alabama-Birmingham coach Garrick McGee hired John Peterson as offensive line coach.

Peterson spent the past eight years as an assistant at Ohio State, where he coached tight ends and was the Buckeyes' recruiting coordinator.