COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel signed a new six-year contract Monday worth $1.3-million before incentives this season and escalating to $1.8-million in the final season.
The deal comes after Tressel led Ohio State to its first national title since 1968.
The contract, which replaces a deal that would have expired after the 2005 season, includes a base salary of $285,700 that increases to $405,300 in the final year.
Tressel will earn $420,000 from radio, television and public relations and $335,000 from the university's deal with Nike for the first year. Both will increase yearly.
USF: ESPN will broadcast the football game at Alabama at 3 p.m. Aug. 30. The game, at Legion Field in Birmingham, is the season opener for both teams.
It will be the Bulls' second nationally televised game. USF lost 31-14 last season at Oklahoma on TBS. This season, USF hosts TCU at 8 p.m. Oct. 10 (a Friday) on ESPN or ESPN2.
This is USF's first season in Conference USA. The Bulls' homecoming game is at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 against Cincinnati. ACC EXPANSION: ACC presidents are tentatively set to convene, via conference call, on Wednesday and might vote, the Miami Herald reported. Commissioner John Swofford will decide during the call if he has enough support to hold a vote on inviting Miami, Boston College and Syracuse.
Miami has told Swofford it wants a resolution soon because fees for leaving the Big East jump from $1-million to $2-million July 1.
Also, Central Florida is not angling to join a revamped Big East, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
"I have not been contacted by the Big East. To my knowledge, no one at UCF has, and I would know," athletic director Steve Orsini said. "We have not called the Big East or made any inquiries. I don't feel that's appropriate."
NOTRE DAME: Chris Thomas withdrew from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season. The 6-foot-1 point guard cited talks with scouts saying he was not guaranteed to be a first-round pick. Early entrants who have not hired an agent have until Thursday to pull out of the draft.
MARSHALL: Clemson assistant Ron Jirsa was hired as coach. Jirsa, the former Georgia coach, replaces Greg White, who left to become coach at Charleston, a Division II school.
MINNESOTA: Kris Humphries, a McDonald's All-American released from his letter of intent with Duke, signed a scholarship voucher and an intent to enroll form. Both documents are nonbinding.
Ivy to debate academics
TRENTON, N.J. - The presidents of the eight Ivy League schools will consider tougher academic standards for athletes at a meeting today, the Associated Press reported.
The conference is considering raising the floor of the Academic Index, a numerical scale that takes into account test scores, class rank and grade-point average.
The conference is the only one to use the Academic Index for athlete admissions and the only one that does not offer athletic scholarships.
SAN DIEGO ST.: Former UCLA and UAB basketball coach Gene Bartow was hired as the interim athletic director. Rick Bay resigned last month after an audit found poor management practices and misuse of equipment.
- Times staff writer Pete Young contributed to this report.