Assembling a Selection Committee: The Right Group to Decide CFB's Postseason

Adam Kramer@kegsneggsNational College Football Lead WriterJune 21, 2012

Well, I'll be damned. The conference commissioners have reached a consensus on a four-team playoff.

Their definition of “consensus” seems somewhat curious, but we do know that the commissioners will present their work to the Presidential Oversight Committee on June 26 and allow them to make a final decision.

According to CBS Sports, however, the commissioners prefer the four best teams be included and nominated by a selection committee. This committee, which would place an emphasis on conference champions as a meeting point for those who would prefer this model (aka the Big Ten and the Pac-12), would reportedly use other guidelines to decide the four teams in a postseason.

This is a potentially massive deal that will generate plenty of discussion. But don’t worry; I’ve already put together a group that could help turn this fascinating concept into a functioning reality. To ensure that the committee is fair, consistent and avoids controversy as much as possible, the right personalities and football minds need to be included.

I believe I’ve located the appropriate individuals that could provide the leadership the game desperately needs. I’ve also decided to include myself in this committee, only I will go by the fake name “Craig James”—one I just made up out of thin air—to avoid hate mail and other negativity that could be generated following our yearly decision.

The rest of this prestigious group is as follows.


Barry Switzer: This committee needs him for his cigar presence alone, and his connection to some of the finest rollers Havana has to offer could serve as a major stress-reliever for what will be a stressful job.

When asked to recall his thoughts from the previous Saturday, he’ll likely explain how he switched to a new putter, which has changed his game for good. He’ll then read the box scores from the previous games, tell you two teams (and only two teams) in roughly 45 seconds and head to the nearest country club. Quick and productive.

Miami Hurricanes head coach Jimmy Johnson looks on during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Illinois.
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Phil Steele: His magazine has become the offseason bible, and serious college football fans respect the work he does, even if they disagree with him from time to time. Phil Steele has already pegged Florida State as his No. 1 playoff seed for years 2014-2018, and nothing could possibly go wrong with this.


Jimmy Johnson: A college football legend, a giant for the game. A man that has led championship teams and knows what an elite group looks like. Jimmy Johnson’s opinion means more than most, which is why he should most certainly be included in this group.

Plus, he has a fishing boat that can comfortably sit approximately 15 people and sleep 8. I’m not saying that all committee meetings need to take place at a sand bar 45 miles off of Key West, but we certainly would not be opposed to it.


Siri: We need at least a small computer-like influence to keep tradition in place, and her beautiful voice could help sooth the discussions that become heated. Plus, if we ever are in need of a solid Thai food recommendation, she’ll be all over it.


Lou Holtz: Dr. Lou is currently an ESPN man, but he would easily bolt if given the opportunity to put his football talents to better use. You may have your own opinions on Lou Holtz as an analyst, but the man knows the game and he certainly would be a welcomed addition to the team. Although the first committee meeting is still more than two years away, Holtz has already submitted his first 2014 top four: 1. Notre Dame 2. Notre Dame 3. South Florida 4. Notre Dame


Paul Finebaum: An Unbiased opinion “ROLLLLLLLL TIDDDDDEEE” that could be a powerful voice in deciding playoff participants. You can make the argument that the 2016 Alabama team that finished the regular season 11th overall is not deserving, but after ”ROOOOOOOLLLL TIIIIDE” a 6-hour discussion with Paul you’ll be convinced that their three loses are somehow the most incredible losses in the history of the game and you wonder how you could possibly be so stupid for leaving them out of the top four. Convincing indeed.

SOUTH BEND,IN - SEPTEMBER 13:  Former head coach Lou Holtz of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish stands with players before the game against the Michigan Wolverines on September 13, 2008 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by: Gregory Shamus/G
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Brent Musburger: The game’s finest analyst covers more big matchups than anyone else, and he will likely have many opinions on those that are celebrated in the spotlight. He’s released the 2015 [insert future playoff name] championship point spread already, folks, which has Ohio State listed as a 3.5-point favorite over Texas. (P.S. he’s taking the points and the under)


Big Red: He doesn’t really say much, which is what this vocal group needs: someone that can lead by example. Although crucial decisions will be debated amongst the committee, Big Red will serve as the chairman and lead entertainer. He’s also a Western Kentucky supporter, which means you won’t have to sweat any bias on his end. (Sorry, WKU fans). If he likes your top four, he’ll simply nod. If he doesn’t like it, he’ll fit your entire upper body in his mouth and it is unbelievably hot in there. Trust me on that.


Lee Corso: What a résumé this man has, and the group needs someone who is able to truly speak their mind without worrying about consequences. Anyone that says “Ah, f#$k it” on a live broadcast in front of millions of people should be considered a valued entity and an originator. Bold decisions = good decisions. 


This Guy: A man for the people and someone that has established valued opinions from the stands, If you can give me one good reason NOT to include him, outside of the constant yelling of "WOO PIG SOOIE," I’ll think about taking him off the list. Until then, he should be viewed as a valuable addition.