CU Hoops Lands Transfer Forward

Jermyl Jackson-Wilson asked for a release from his scholarship at Ohio State back in April. The Boulder Daily Camera reported Tuesday Jackson-Wilson plans to transfer to Colorado and play for the Buffs. Jackson-Wilson will sit out the upcoming season per NCAA rules, use that as a redshirt season, then have three years to play three beginning in fall 2006. Inside, more on Jackson-Wilson and news on possible BCS changes.

CU coach Ricardo Patton recruited Jermyl Jackson-Wilson in 2003 when he was at Rufus King High School in Milwaukee. He played the 2003-04 season at Fork Union Military Academy, a prep school, before playing at Ohio State last year. Jackson-Wilson was recruited to OSU by Jim O'Brien, but O'Brien was fired prior to last season and replaced by Thad Matta.

According to the Camera, a lack of playing time at OSU last season led to Jackson-Wilson's desire to transfer. He saw action in 11 games last season as a true freshman, but played just 25 total minutes, scoring six points and committing six fouls.

Ohio State lists Jackson-Wilson at 6-foot-5, but other sources report he's closer to 6-7. He can play either forward spot, and also played center in high school.

Patton has also received a verbal commitment from Dale Vanwright, a 6-6 small forward from Bellaire, Texas.

The Buffs have eight seniors on scholarship for the upcoming season, along with two juniors, two sophomores and one incoming freshman. That's the 13 available scholarships, not including Vanwright. CU reportedly will also have true freshman Ryan Dermody on its roster in 2005-06, as the Loveland product plans to walk on for the Buffs.

Meanwhile, it looks like Mike Frink, who Patton hired to help out this summer, has earned a full-time assistant job for the Buffs. Frink, 62, lettered at CU from 1963-65, and has an extensive career as an assistant coach. His brother, Pat, is No. 13 on the all-time CU scoring list.

New BCS Top 25 poll in the works?
First the Associated Press pulled out of the ranking systems for determining who plays in the four Bowl Championship Series postseason games. Then last week ESPN dropped it's affiliation with the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll. Both news organizations cited concern over a possible conflict of interest by coaches who vote in the coaches' poll.

Tuesday, BCS coordinator and Big 12 Conference commissioner Kevin Weiberg announced that the 11 I-A football conferences and Notre Dame have retained Harris Interactive to study the feasibility of creating a new college football Top 25 poll.

Harris Interactive is a market-research firm, best known for The Harris Poll.

The proposed poll would consist of former players, coaches, administrators and media.

Concern in some quarters has grown in recent years about the legitimacy of the BCS poll. That concern has risen as the payout for BCS bowl games has advanced near $15 million per team, per game. With that much money at stake, some have wondered if college coaches, whose votes have been secret in the past, aren't tempted to vote teams from their conference higher than they deserve in order to obtain some of the BCS bowl money for their conference.

Last December, Texas jumped over Cal in the final BCS Poll, landing the Longhorns in the BCS Rose Bowl and sending the Bears to the Holiday Bowl, even though Cal won its final games, a road victory over Southern Mississippi. Cal's snub raised eyebrows and prompted AP's withdrawal from the BCS formula.

ESPN asked that coaches' votes be made public in the coming season. AP's votes are public. But the coaches agreed to only make their final vote of the season public.

A press release from the BCS said a review of options for the BCS Standings Formula, which determines who fills the eight BCS bowl slots, will likely be completed by mid-July.

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