Putting together the selection committee is one of the final and most important details to be completed before the new college football playoff format goes into effect in 2014.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive told Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports that finding the right group to select college football's best will be a lengthy process.
"We've got several months to get through the process," Slive said.
But if you think this is an easy process that Slive and the other conference commissioners want to drag out until the final seconds, think again.
Per the Yahoo report, 10 commissioners of the Football Bowl Subdivision, plus Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, have presented more than 100 candidates who could make up the selection committee. That list needs to be narrowed to between 12 and 18 people.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany told Forde that it is up to College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock to begin doing the dirty work.
"We give him the names and he'll do the contacting," Delany said. "We're going to get great football people with a lot of experience and credibility. We'll get that at the core."
Hancock also told Forde that the likelihood of giving the selection committee a test run this season is slim. He doesn't want the results to overshadow this season and thinks such an exercise would be too time-consuming. Remember, there is enough work on his plate already.
"Don't waste all that time practicing to put on 'The Sound of Music' and then not let them put on 'The Sound of Music,'" Hancock said.