As the late Hall of Fame announcer Keith Jackson would say, “Holy cow!”

EA Sports just dropped a bomb on the Twittersphere (at basically the same time as Mass Effect: Legendary Edition details hit)!

EA Sports is bringing college football back to gamers!

This news is huge for college football and video game fans! The NCAA Football series was discontinued after NCAA Football 14.

There are no details but ESPN’s SportsCenter Twitter Account says that EA Sports is rebooting the college football series for Next Gen consoles! It also sounds like it may be getting a name change?

Some of my best gaming moments are playing the NCAA Football games against the Brah and us combining for over 1000 yards offense! I’ve always loved the series because NCAA Football is a great sport and just magical in many ways. There’s nothing like team pride and college bands and all the tradition and pageantry!

I always used to pick the crappiest team to coach in my career to try to build them into a power house! Now, I can use my favorite team, the Tennessee Volunteers! They used to be a continual Top 25 team every year but now they are the bottom of the barrel in the SEC with Vanderbilt (anchor down on this Vandy fans)! Now I won’t have to choose an MTSU or UTSA to coach! In the future, Rocky Top will be restored to it’s former glory (if I play the game on easy settings and my Wide Receivers finally learn how to catch)!

Be sure to follow @EASPORTSCollege for news and info when it drops!

UPDATE!

Michael Rothstein at ESPN.COM has an article with a little more info talking to EA Sports Vice President and General Manager Daryl Holt.

Turns out I was right about the name change. It will no longer be NCAA Football. It will now be EA Sports College Football (followed by the year, I’m assuming).

He confirmed it will not be releasing this year. In fact, he doesn’t even have a date for when when the return will be announced. Sounds like they are just in the beginning stages.

However, they have partnered with CLC (Collegiate Licensing Company) so that the game has the FBS schools, traditions, and playbooks with over 100 teams in the game. This is crucial! I wanna be able to hear Rocky Top every time I score and the Vols will be scoring a lot with new Head Coach Josh Heupel’s high powered offense!

However, as of right now, they plan to release the game without real life rosters, meaning no real player names, images, or likenesses. But that could change!

However, those rules are likely to be changed at some point in the coming year — by the NCAA, state legislatures or Congress. It’s not yet clear whether the evolving rules will allow for the kind of group licensing arrangements that would be needed for EA Sports to negotiate with athletes to use their names in the game.

Holt said that EA Sports will monitor the NIL discussion if and when things change but that it’s too early for that to happen. He also said what happens in NIL legislation will not change whether the game happens or when it will end up on shelves.

“We’ll just keep tabs on everything as it develops, and we’ll be ready,” Holt said. “That won’t be a problem for us. But it’s really, that’s not an answer for us right now to decide. We’re as much passengers as anyone else.

“So we make sure we deliver what our college football game players would want in a game. And that starts with just a very immersive experience, and there’s lots of things we can do to bring the true college game play and game day to the virtual world.”

The world of college football has changed alot since 2014. There is no more BCS. We have a flawed playoff system but we do have a playoff! But one thing that hasn’t changed is the sports popularity.

Sounds like EA Sports are taking their time with the game and listening to the fans in trying to recreate the most realistic college football ever! I for one can not wait!

Go Vols!