Irving, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - College football Hall of Famers Archie
Manning and Tom Osborne will be among the 13 members of the committee that
will select the four teams for competition in the first College Football
Playoff next year.
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long had already been chosen as the chairman
of the committee and the remaining members were announced Wednesday.
Also on the committee will be current college athletic directors Barry Alvarez
of Wisconsin, Pat Haden of Southern California, Oliver Luck of West Virginia
and Dan Radakovich of Clemson.
The other members are former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese, retired
college head coach Tyrone Willingham, former NCAA executive vice president Tom
Jernstedt, former Air Force Academy superintendent Lt. General Mike Gould,
former college football reporter Steve Wieberg and former Stanford provost and
United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
"We wanted people of the highest integrity for this committee, and we got
them," said Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff.
"Every one of them has vast football knowledge, excellent judgment, dedication
and love for this game.
"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
The members were unanimously chosen by the College Football Playoff Management
Committee and the commissioners of the conferences overseeing the new playoff.
In all, the selection committee members have roughly 230 years of experience
in college football.
Long said the committee members will meet several times during the regular
season to evaluate teams.
"We will put out 4-to-5 rankings of 20-to-25 teams, somewhere in the middle of
the season, similar to the BCS system," Long said at Wednesday's news
The committee members were chosen after each Football Bowl Subdivision
conference was invited to submit a list of up to 15 potential candidates. The
management committee reduced the list of about 100 names and Hancock began
contacting prospective members to gauge their interest.
Term limits for the members will be established at a later date, although it
is expected to be about three years with some shorter and others longer.
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