Forget about venues or rotations or anything of that sort.
The single most important decision the new College Football Playoff officials will make is finalizing a selection committee, and how said committee will determine the four teams who will fill the four-team field for the new system that will be implemented following the 2014 regular season. Unfortunately, a decision on that critically-important facet of the new system is still far off on the horizon.
Following yet another series of meetings, the College Football Playoff released a statement Tuesday evening that shed little new light, save for the revelation that college football fans are still likely “several months” away from learning the composition of the all-important selection committee.
Here’s the text of the release, in its entirety:
“The makeup and operation of the selection committee is one of the most important decisions we have to make,” executive director of the College Football Playoff, Bill Hancock, said. “Our first season is more than a year away so there is no rush to get this done, but we’re pleased with the progress we’re making. We will continue to proceed in a deliberate, thoughtful, and thorough way.
“Nothing is final until everything is final and we anticipate additional work on this issue for the next several months.”
Hancock did note that more than 100 names were submitted for consideration for inclusion on the committee. Ultimately, the committee is expected to consist of 12-18 individuals, and is expected to be composed of a mix of former administrators, coaches and, perhaps, media members.
Suffice to say, the names of those being considered have yet to be released.
Cowboys Stadium in Dallas will host the first College Football Playoff championship game, scheduled for Jan. 12, 2015. The two semifinal games leading up to the championship will be played at the hosts sites of the Sugar and Rose bowls 11 days earlier on New Year’s Day.