Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Arkansas AD Jeff Long
Jeff Long gets an F because all sitting athletic directors will get an F.
Sitting athletic directors should never be considered for this committee, especially since, according to ESPN's Joe Schad, members won't be paid.
The livelihood of these volunteers depends on their day jobs, and despite how unbiased any of them claim to be, their loyalty will always rest with their paycheck.
Sure, anytime a member's school is in discussion, that member will recuse themselves from the discussion. But that won't prevent them from choosing teams based on what helps their school based on conference affiliation or opponent.
The CFP has the money to hire a full-time staff of "college football analysts" to serve on this committee, with contractually mandated exclusivity part of the deal. Instead, it chose to pattern this committee after the college basketball selection committee despite football being more subjective and the two sports having entirely different landscapes.
But if we're going to go down the road of having ADs on the committee, Long is a good choice. He proved during the Bobby Petrino scandal that he's willing to make the tough decision, own the tough decision and be transparent with what information he used to make that decision.
He's a sitting AD, though, and sitting ADs shouldn't even be considered.