Tom Mickle BCS Intern Comes to Tournament of Roses

Meet Doug Ingels!  Doug is the Tournament of Roses’ new Game Media Assistant, a position he obtained because of his selection as the 2013-14 Tom Mickle BCS Intern.

Doug Ingels with Coaches

Mickle was an admired sports professional who made many contributions to college football in general and to the development of the BCS in particular. At the time of his death in 2006, Mickle was the executive director of Florida Citrus Sports, host of the Capital One Bowl and Champs Sports Bowl. Prior to that, he was an assistant commissioner at the Atlantic Coast Conference and it was during his time there that he sketched out the beginnings of what would later become the BCS. Before his post at the ACC, Mickle had been an assistant athletics director at Duke University. He was himself a Duke graduate.

Following Mickle’s death, conference commissioners and directors of the four BCS bowls decided to honor his legacy by creating a program to place an intern at the bowl that will host that year’s BCS championship. It’s a win for everyone: the bowl staff gets an extra person (paid by the BCS) to help as they pull together two games just days apart, the intern gets incomparable work experience on two top-level college football games, and a man whose name is enshrined at the College Football Hall of Fame, as a recipient of the Football Writers Association of America’s Bert McGrane Award, is annually remembered and celebrated.

Doug just graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in May. He earned a degree in journalism and economics, and served as a student manager for the Badgers football team during three consecutive Rose Bowl Game appearances. Even though this isn’t his first time in Pasadena, being the Mickle Intern will make the coming months all the more special.

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College Football’s Post-Season Future

Unveiling the 100th Rose Bowl Game logo and trophy weren’t the only big announcements that took place during the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) meetings in Pasadena this April. Additional information about the future of college football and the new playoff system were also revealed, providing insight into what’s in store for the sport that so many people love.

Beginning with the 2014-15 season, the name of the new postseason format will be the “College Football Playoff.”  It will feature the top four teams as chosen by a yet-to-be-named selection committee. The Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl will host the first national semifinals, which will pair No. 1 against No. 4, and No. 2 against No. 3 on January 1, 2015. The winners of these two games will face off in the first championship game of the new playoff era on Monday, January 12, 2015, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

In addition, Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, announced that the Fiesta Bowl, Cotton Bowl and Chick-fil-A Bowl will be part of the six-bowl rotation (along with the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl) that will host the College Football Playoff. Each bowl will host a national semifinal once every three years, with the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl hosting in 2016, and the Chick-fil-A Bowl and Fiesta Bowl hosting in 2017. The national championship game will be held in a different U.S. city each year.

During the April meetings, the College Football Playoff also launched an online contest to determine its official logo. The ‘Gold Football’ design was the clear winner among four options offered, receiving 101,670 votes from fans, student-athletes, coaches and reporters. That represented 38% of all votes cast.

Football fans: what do you think of the new playoff format?

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