The ex-Virginia Tech leader spoke to BamaMag.com in an exclusive interview explaining his decision to accept an appointment to the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. He was a participant in the 17th Annual Jimmy Rane Charity Golf Tournament held in Prattville, Alabama (Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill). Established to raise funds for providing scholarships, the non-profit Foundation (www.JimmyRaneFoundation.org) has awarded 348 to qualified students totaling over $3 million. Thirty-four scholarships were presented in 2017. The golf event followed a 70-plus star-studded celebrity banquet held on Thursday evening at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa.
Subjectivity is clearly an element in evaluating the contending teams although strength of schedule, head-to-head results against common opponents, conference championships won and other factors are supposed to be the priority. Frank Beamer, appointed in January 2017 to a three-year term, stated his philosophical approach to appraising and choosing the four best teams in the Friday morning interview. Alabama is the only school chosen for all three CFP's since the inception.