Former Coach Takes One Of 13 Hot Seats

The latest method of choosing the candidates for a college football national championship doesn't include the anonymous polls or the mysterious computers. Thirteen real live people are on the hot seats of the College Football Playoff selection committee to choose four teams to play for the title.

Alabama football followers may not have been satisfied with the way the Crimson Tide played in the Sugar Bowl against Ohio State last January, but no one in the Bama camp could fault the selection committee's decision to make Coach Nick Saban's team the top seed in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

At the end of last season there were only 12 members of the selection committee. Former Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning had removed himself because of health issues.

One area in which many in athletics agree is that being a member of the selection committee is an unwelcome chore -- hard work, no compensation, plenty of criticism. So why would anyone step into this pressurized spotlight?

’BAMA Magazine/ was on the scene Thursday evening for an exclusive interview with the newest addition to the prestigious 13-member panel, former Vanderbilt (2002-10) and Furman (1994-2001) head football coach Bobby Johnson. The former Clemson (1969-72) cornerback and wide receiver was a celebrity guest at the Jimmy Rane Charity Golf Tournament banquet at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa.

He shares his views and thoughts on the process.

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