San Antonio submits host bid for 2016 college football championship

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Officials from the College Football Playoff announced the eight communities bidding to host national championship games following the 2015 and 2016 seasons on Monday, with San Antonio emerging as the lone Texas city to submit a bid.

Officials representing AT&T Stadium in Arlington, site of the first national championship game of the playoff era on Jan. 12, 2015, refocused their efforts on later dates after getting a strong indication that playoff organizers did not want to hold the title game in the same venue more than once in the first three years of its existence. So the earliest the contest could return to Arlington is 2018, a date being considered for a bid.

Four communities are under consideration to host the Jan. 11, 2016, game: Glendale, Ariz. (University of Phoenix Stadium), Jacksonville, Fla. (EverBank Field), New Orleans (Mercedes-Benz Superdome) and Tampa Bay (Raymond James Stadium).

Six communities, including San Antonio (Alamodome), have submitted bids to host the Jan. 9, 2017, contest. The other five bidders: Bay Area (Levi’s Stadium), Minneapolis (Vikings Stadium), Jacksonville, Fla. (EverBank Field), South Florida (Sun Life Stadium) and Tampa Bay (Raymond James Stadium). Two of the stadiums bidding to host the 2017 game, the Bay Area and Minneapolis venues, are future NFL facilities that are still under construction.

Venues for the 2016 and 2017 games are expected to be announced later this year.

—Jimmy Burch

TCU women’s golf

The Horned Frogs finished the first two rounds Monday of the Windy City Collegiate Championship in Highland Park, Ill., in 12th place with a team score of 599.

April McCoy was highest in the individual standings for TCU, finishing the day tied for 25th place with a 3-over 145.

UNT men’s golf

The Mean Green were in 10th place Monday at the Graeme McDowell Invitational in Birmingham, Ala., with an overall score of 589 after the first two rounds.

Gonzalo Rubio had the team’s top score with a 2-under 142 after two rounds, good enough to be tied for 10th.

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