A tentative plan for the new college football postseason calls for a Pac-12 or Big 12 team to face the best team from a group of five conferences, including the Big East.

A tentative plan for the new college football postseason calls for a Pac-12 or Big 12 team to face the best team from a group of five conferences, including the Big East.

A person with knowledge of the plan for the four-team playoff in 2014 said yesterday that either a Pac-12 or a Big 12 team likely will be the opponent for the top-rated champion from the Big East, Mountain West, Conference USA, Sun Belt and Mid-American Conference.

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The proposal has the Pac-12 sending either its champion or a replacement team to the game in years when the Rose Bowl holds a national semifinal. In years the Rose Bowl is a traditional Big Ten-Pac-12 matchup, the Big 12 would send one of its top teams to the game.

• Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said he isn't giving up on coach John L. Smith or the season just yet.

• Penn State backup quarterback Paul Jones, a sophomore, left the team for personal reasons, coach Bill O'Brien said.

• Some items that belonged to the late Michigan coach Bo Schembechler are to go on sale this week in Ann Arbor. Aaron's Estate Sales owner Aaron Siepierski told the Detroit Free Press the sports memorabilia, furniture and vintage clothing once owned by Schembechler will be sold today through Sunday at a home in the city.

Osborne says he will retire as Nebraska's AD on Jan. 1

Tom Osborne, who put together one of the most successful coaching runs in college football history before serving in Congress and taking the reins as Nebraska's athletic director five years ago, is retiring.

Osborne, 75, announced at a news conference that he would step down Jan. 1, though he will stay for an additional six months to assist in the transition to a new athletic director.

Osborne is most widely known for his coaching. Every one of his 25 teams won at least nine games, and three of his last four teams won national championships. He retired with a career record of 255-49-3, an .836 winning percentage that ranked fifth among Division I coaches, and 13 conference titles. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998, the year after he retired.