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Football Honchos In No Rush To Populate Playoff Selection Committee

gfx - they said itThe last missing piece from college football’s new playoff puzzle is the committee that will select the teams to take part.  While the FBS conference commissioners and Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick met yesterday in Colorado Springs to work on the puzzle, they don’t seem to be in any rush to actually put that last place in piece…


“We’re gonna be very deliberate about it and thorough.”

– Bill Hancock, head of the BCS and soon to be head of the College Football Playoff


“I think we’re all comfortable with the time frame.  I think we made enough progress today to keep us on course… We’ve got several months to get through the process.”

– SEC commissioner Mike Slive


Yesterday, the commissioners reportedly kicked around the names of more than 100 potential committee members.  Big Ten commish Jim Delany said of Hancock: “We give him the names, he’ll do the contacting.”  Hancock says the contacting of panelists will begin this summer.

Regardless of how many committee members will serve and regardless of who those members will be, the new playoff selection committee is guaranteed to be the most controversial aspect of the new playoff system.



The work load to do this job well will be heavy, and the scrutiny of the members will be even heavier. Some folks will be interested in participating to further their own or their organization's agenda. There are relatively few individuals who are both qualified and impartial for committee membership. There are HUGE dollars and prestige differences between #4 and #5. This isn't like identifying the last couple of at large teams for the basketball tournament. 

This may be one of those times where you really don't want any of the people who would agree to serve.

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