College Football Playoff selection committee taking shape
The slow and steady march toward a four-team college football playoff in 2014 moved a little further down the road Tuesday.
Commissioners from all the major conferences flocked to Colorado Springs for all-day meetings to discuss a number of important matters, but chief among them seemed to be the makeup of the forthcoming College Football Playoff selection committee.
After submitting a long list of names for consideration a few weeks ago, it sounded as if the commissioners converged to go over resumes and LinkedIn profiles most of the afternoon.
"We spend almost all of our time on the selection committee," Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott confirmed. "We made very good progress from my perspective. We have all been putting forward nominees. We used this meeting to take a look at a long list of over 100 names and talk more about what the size and the scope of the committee would be. We haven't made any final decisions."
It likely will be months before any sort of consensus is reached regarding the names for the committee, but Scott noted that there was some movement with what the makeup of the group would look like.
"We're narrowing it down to between 12 and 18 people on the committee," he said. "We're narrowing it in terms of composition: will there be sitting athletic directors, and if so, how many? What will the criteria be for so-called at-large members? We spent a lot of time on what the obligations would be and what the time commitment required would be. We also talked about active media, TV personalities and the like.
"We're looking at the (NCAA) men's basketball committee as a template. That is made up solely of administrators -- commissioners, athletic directors and the like -- and over the years has built up quite the credibility. We are leaning toward making sure there's a healthy representation of administrators that bring a lot of credibility. We are also thinking that we want specific football expertise and credentials; former coaches and the like."
Though no names were made public by any of the commissioners or executive director Bill Hancock, all gave a pretty strong indication that nobody should be on the committee representing a single conference. That's a reassuring thought for those worried about the committee tilting in favor of conference over another.
"We want people that are there looking out for the overall best interests of college football and the College Football Playoff," Scott added.
Hancock told reporters there is no rush to finalize the selection committee with the 2014 season over 14 months away. Further details likely will be announced well in advance of this year's national championship game in Pasadena, but there will be no mock selection committees or run-throughs for the upcoming season.
While it may not seem like much went on Tuesday behind closed doors, most in Colorado Springs were excited about the prospects of the selection committee following the session.
Said Scott: "We definitely took a big leap forward today."
After plenty of small steps over the past few months, that's certainly a sign of progress.
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