The College Football Playoff has announced its 13-member selection committee, one that will include former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former college and NFL quarterback Archie Manning, per the organization's official press release.
Executive director Bill Hancock announced the members after they were unanimously selected by the organization's management committee, which is made up of the commissioners of the conferences that will survey the upcoming playoff.
University of Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long has been named the committee chairman, and he will join the following names in determining which four teams will contend for the national championship beginning after the 2014 college football season.
|Jeff Long||vice chancellor and director of athletics at University of Arkansas|
|Barry Alvarez||director of athletics at University of Wisconsin|
|Lieutenant General Mike Gould||former superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy|
|Pat Haden||director of athletics at University of Southern California|
|Tom Jernstedt||former NCAA executive vice president|
|Oliver Luck||director of athletics at West Virginia University|
|Archie Manning||former Ole Miss quarterback and All-Pro NFL quarterback|
|Tom Osborne||director of athletics at University of Nebraska|
|Dan Radakovich||director of athletics at Clemson University|
|Condoleezza Rice||former United States Secretary of State|
|Mike Tranghese||former commissioner of the Big East Conference|
|Steve Wieberg||former college football reporter for USA Today|
|Tyrone Willingham||former head coach at three different FBS programs|
USA Today's Paul Myerberg points out that more than three-quarters of the committee has experience participating in college football:
10 of the 13 committee members played CFB, per Bill Hancock, which should please the "hand in the dirt" crowd.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) October 16, 2013
The organization's press release states that the 13 members boast a combined 230 years of experience in college football.
According to college football writer Jon Wilner, the term length for committee members will last three years, though some will serve shorter or longer terms to start:
Term length for #CFBPlayoff selection committee will be 3 yrs, "but some will be shorter, others longer initially, to achieve a rotation."— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) October 16, 2013
CBS Sports college football reporter Jeremy Fowler highlights some of the factors committee members will consider when making their decisions each winter:
Considerations will include W-L, strength of schedule, head-to-head, conf. championships, but pretty clear it's on the members to figure out— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) October 16, 2013
ESPN's college football insider Brett McMurphy reports that there will be no limit to how many teams from a given conference earn a playoff bid:
Unlike BCS, in @CFBPlayoff there is no limit to number of teams from each conference— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) October 16, 2013
Rice talked about her selection via David Ubben of Fox Sports Southwest and Wilner:
Condi Rice on the heat from crazed fans: "I think I've experienced plenty of heat in my life."— David Ubben (@davidubben) October 16, 2013
Rice: "I'm a student of the game. Will work very hard, review as much film as can. Don't feel carrying banner (for women)."— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) October 16, 2013
Rice: "I have been in and around the game a lot. Bring critical judgment and ability to work hard ... to put best 4 teams on the field."— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) October 16, 2013
The committee will have plenty to consider when deciding on the four playoff teams next season, but given the impressive list of names that have been selected, there should be little worry that they'll get it right.
The BCS selection system, which was established in the late 1990s and relies on multiple polls and computer selection formulas to crank out rankings and generate the five BCS bowl games each winter, including the national championship game, is on its way out at season's end.
The often-criticized system has produced head-scratching results in the past that fans haven't always agreed with.
While the BCS has produced some thrilling championship matchups throughout the years, college football fans have to be excited about this new system, which will allow some of the brightest minds in the sport to determine which teams play for the crown, as opposed to a few number-crunching computers.
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