The 13 members were unanimously chosen by the College Football Playoff Management Committee, the commissioners of the conferences overseeing the new playoff. The playoff will begin at the end of the 2014 season.
In aggregate, the selection committee members have roughly 230 years of experience
in college football. The group includes 10 people who played college football, two
former top-level university administrators, five current athletics directors, three
members of the College Football Hall of Fame, three former college football head
coaches, a former United States Secretary of State, a former member of Congress,
and a retired three-star general.
In addition, the group includes a Rhodes Scholar, two Academic All-Americans, three
Phi Beta Kappa graduates, and a retired journalist who won numerous awards as a
reporter. Collectively the group has 26 degrees of higher learning, including eight
master's degrees, two law degrees, and two doctoral degrees.
"We wanted people of the highest integrity for this committee, and we got them.
Every one of them has vast football knowledge, excellent judgment, dedication and
love for this game," said Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football
Playoff. "They will no doubt have one of the hardest jobs in sports. But their
skills and wide variety of experiences-from coaches and athletes to university
leaders and journalists-will ensure that they will be successful. And they are
committed to investing the time and effort necessary for this endeavor. We are
grateful that they will be serving this terrific game of college football."
The members of the selection committee are:
* Jeff Long, vice chancellor and director of athletics, University of
* Barry Alvarez, director of athletics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
* Lieutenant General Mike Gould, former superintendent of the United States
Air Force Academy
* Pat Haden, director of athletics, University of Southern California
* Tom Jernstedt, former NCAA executive vice president
* Oliver Luck, director of athletics, West Virginia University
* Archie Manning, former University of Mississippi quarterback and all-pro
* Tom Osborne, former head coach and director of athletics, University of
* Dan Radakovich, director of athletics, Clemson University
* Condoleezza Rice, Stanford University professor, former Stanford provost
and former United States Secretary of State
* Mike Tranghese, former commissioner of the Big East Conference
* Steve Wieberg, former college football reporter, USA Today
* Tyrone Willingham, former head coach of three FBS institutions
Unlike the BCS, which uses a formula based on a combination of computer rankings and
human polls to select teams, selection committee members for the new playoff will
have flexibility to examine whatever data they believe is relevant to inform their
decisions. Among the many factors the committee will consider are win-loss record,
strength of schedule, head-to-head results, and conference championships won.
Anticipated Timing of Announcements:
Although the exact timing has yet to be determined, the selection committee will
meet several times in person to evaluate teams and prepare interim rankings during
the regular season. It will meet again during selection weekend and will announce
the pairings for the playoff.
Committee-Member Selection Process:
There were five categories of individuals: People with experience as (1) coaches,
(2) student-athletes, (3) administrators, and (4) journalists, and also (5) sitting
directors of athletics.
The management committee gave careful consideration to the standards for membership
and identifying individuals who matched the criteria. The top-priority criterion
was integrity. Among the other valued attributes was football expertise,
objectivity, ability to carefully evaluate and discern information, and experience
in making decisions under scrutiny. Prospective members were asked to commit
significant time to the endeavor.
In the spring of 2013, each FBS conference was invited to submit a list of up to 15
potential candidates. Those individuals comprised the preliminary list of nominees.
The management committee reduced that list of approximately 100 names to a shorter
list. The management committee reviewed this short list and then authorized Hancock
to begin contacting prospective members to gauge their interest in serving.
After discussions with prospective members, formal invitations were extended.
Current Athletics Directors on the Selection Committee:
The management committee felt strongly that the service of current athletics
directors (ADs) on the selection committee was essential for its success, since ADs
are experts in college football and have careers spanning different schools,
conferences and levels. However, it is important to note that ADs will not be
representing their respective conferences; rather, each member of the committee will
represent college football as a whole. The number and ratio of the ADs on the
selection committee was agreed to by the management committee.
Selection of Committee Chair:
The selection committee chair was chosen by the management committee.
Length of Service on Selection Committee:
Formal term limits will be established for the committee members at a later date.
Generally the term will be three years, but some will be shorter and others will be
longer initially, to achieve a rotation.
Clemson AD named to playoff committee
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