Campus Clips: Maryland Legislature Takes on College Athletes’ Social Media Privacy; Pac-12 Extends Commish Larry Scott’s Contract

A bill introduced Thursday in the Maryland state legislature would stop colleges and universities from keeping digital tabs on student-athletes. The bill would prohibit schools from requiring students to provide information like user names and passwords or to install monitoring software on their computers. It would also prevent schools from requiring students to allow, say, compliance officers or administrators to be their Facebook friends or have their protected tweets followed…

…The Pac-12 Conference’s board of directors unanimously decided to extend the contract of Commissioner Larry Scott on Monday, giving him the opportunity to push forward with his plans to reshape the league through 2016. Since taking over on July 1, 2009, Scott has overseen the conference’s expansion to include Utah and Colorado. He also negotiated a landmark 12-year television contract last summer with Fox and ESPN worth about $3 billion and helped create the Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 Digital Network…

…According to the Chicago Tribune, the Big Ten is developing a plan that would create a national four-team football playoff system. Sources told the Tribune that a Big Ten plan would remove the top four teams from the BCS bowl pool and have semifinal games played on the college campus of the higher seed. That would do away with the facade of “neutral” sites such as New Orleans, Miami and Pasadena, and ease travel concern for fans. The championship game then could be bid out, like the Super Bowl…

…Boise State president Bob Kustra is downplaying the possibility the school could join the Big East in time for the 2012 football season. West Virginia is attempting to leave the Big East for the Big 12 this summer and, if allowed, the league would drop to only seven football schools. Boise State would be a natural replacement. It is already planning on leaving the Mountain West in 2013.