July 18, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Friday's college football roundup: Eastern welcomes Rob Bolden

Rob Bolden, here with the LSU Tigers, starred at Orchard Lake St. Mary's. (Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

Eastern Michigan announced the transfer of quarterback Rob Bolden from LSU.

Bolden, a senior who played at Penn State before transferring to the Tigers, will be eligible immediately since he earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology.

“We are excited about Rob joining our football family,” Eastern coach Chris Creighton said. “We knew he was very talented but we wanted to get to know who he was as a person and potential teammate. It didn’t take long to figure out that he is our kind of guy.”

“I am happy to be home with a new start and look to make my final year special,” said Bolden, who starred at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s. “I appreciate the opportunity that Coach Creighton is giving me and look forward to an exciting season.”

Bolden saw action in 20 games, including 15 starts at quarterback in two years at Penn State. He moved to wide receiver at LSU.

NCAA vote is set

The biggest conferences in college sports might finally get exactly what they want — autonomy over some of today’s most contentious issues.

After years of consternation and months of debate, the NCAA announced its board of directors will vote Aug. 7 on a formal proposal to give schools in the highest-profile conferences more influence over the college rules. The proposal also would give athletic directors and student-athletes bigger roles in the legislative process.

“The Division I membership overall and the steering committee in particular worked hard to create a structure that will allow the division to operate more simply and inclusively,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement. “It shows a clear commitment to support student-athletes and allow them not only a place at the table but a voice in the process.”

The most sweeping changes would come in the newly-created council, which will be run primarily by athletic directors.

If three of the five biggest leagues agree they should have autonomy and 12 of the 20 university leaders on the board agree, then one representative from each of the 65 schools and three athletes from each conference would vote on the issue. The major conferences would have until Oct. 1 to come up with their first list of possible topics.

Extra points

Comcast Cable reached a deal with ESPN to carry the SEC Network.

The network, which launches on Aug. 14, was already set to be carried on cable and satellite providers like DISH Network, Cox Communications and AT&T U-Verse.

The addition of the nation’s largest cable provider means the SEC Network will be available in a total of 46 million households nationally, with other negotiations continuing.

... Michigan State defensive end Shlique Calhoun and Michigan tight end Devin Funchess made the Walter Camp Award watch list.

The Walter Camp Award goes to the nation’s most valuable player.

... An attorney for former Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson, accused of assaulting another former football player, Isaac Kolstad of Minnesota State-Mankato, wants medical records of the victim’s brain injuries.