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Report: Archie Manning added to playoff selection committee

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The first family of football is likely to be represented on the college football playoff committee slowly being revealed. Archie Manning, the former Ole Miss football star and father of Super Bowl MVPs Peyton and Eli, is the latest name to be reported to be a part of the College Football Playoff selection committee.

USA Today‘s George Schroeder was the first to report Manning is expected to be a part of the selection committee. Earlier in the day it was reported that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be a part of the new selection committee, joining athletic directors Barry Alvarez (Wisconsin), Pat Haden (USC) and Oliver Luck (West Virginia) as reported names of the committee being pieced together. Manning’s inclusion among such names for this committee hardly comes as a shock, as the elder Manning continues to serve an influential role in the sport of college football.

Manning is the chairman for the National Football Foundation, the organization responsible for managing the College Football Hall of Fame, honoring scholar athletes and more. Manning, along with his sons, heads up the prestigious Manning Passing Academy as well. Clearly, Manning is an ambassador for the good of the sport of college football and he is widely respected among the college football community. It is that sort of profile that makes Manning a slam dunk choice for a playoff committee that is starting to piece together some quality additions.

The duty of the selection committee will be to select the four college football teams that will compete in the new four-team playoff model that will be replacing the BCS format starting win the 2014 season.

As it stands now, according to various reports, the selection committee could include Alvarez, Haden, Luck, Rice, Manning, Arkansas AD Jeff Long, and Clemson AD Dan Radakovich. Those names would ensure the Big Ten, Pac 12, Big 12, SEC and ACC are all represented within the committee. It is thought every conference could have a representative involved with the process. If that is to be the case, the American, Mountain West, MAC, Conference USA and Sun Belt all would still need a representative added. It is unknown if independents might have a say or not, although Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick has continued to hold a key position in the ongoing process to move to the new format, which may make him a potential candidate. Other names tied to the committee include former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese and former NCAA Executive Vice President Tom Jernstedt.

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14 Responses to “Report: Archie Manning added to playoff selection committee”
  1. balfe13 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:16 PM

    One of these members is not like the others…

  2. 700levelvet says: Oct 4, 2013 8:24 PM

    One can never get enough of the Mannings….(drip)

  3. mrlaloosh says: Oct 4, 2013 8:26 PM

    I remember when Archie had to be sobered up to play in games for Ole Miss. Mrs Olivia Manning should be on the committee. She knows more about college football that Archie and the boys.

  4. mcjon22 says: Oct 4, 2013 9:28 PM

    Couldn’t they just keep the Polls/Rankings/Computers and determine the top 4 that way?

    And what does Archie Manning and Condoleezza Rice know about football that the average writer/reporter/coach doesn’t?

    This is quickly becoming a laughable bad idea.

  5. geodude11 says: Oct 4, 2013 10:22 PM

    When this format was announced and hailed as the savior, I knew it wouldn’t be a month or two before you are hearing as much whining about it as the BCS and AP/UPI days!!! People just love to complain, their team can’t earn it’s way into a championship so they attempt to employ trickery! Sounds like a political party in DC doesn’t it!!! You people should just genuflect toward the SEC Championship game and play for the little trophies afterwards!! hahahahaha!

  6. normtide says: Oct 4, 2013 10:23 PM

    I agree, I would prefer using the polls. No matter what, there will be teams left out with a legit gripe.

  7. drummerhoff says: Oct 4, 2013 10:25 PM

    What do any of the Mannings know about playing in a National Championship?

    Between this and Condi, I’m getting misty for the split polls.

  8. Anoesis says: Oct 5, 2013 12:54 AM

    Is Rice here for name recognition? I’m ambivalent about Manning, but at least he’s got some current (and past) college football connections. Rice is a professor of political science at Stanford. Is this an admission that the selection committee will be playing politics? Nah, they wouldn’t do that.

  9. suprmous says: Oct 5, 2013 3:43 AM

    Didn’t take long for the Fed Govt to get involved now did it: Condi Rice. At least it’s not the current bozo that’s in charge. K, sue me for not bein a fan of Obama’s but I’d rather see a “good ole Country Boy” leadin this Country than him. At least the good ole Country Boy would know how hard it is for ends to meet, a true understandin of what economics is and how it relates to this Country this day in time, surely he’d love football as much as some of us do, and know how to deal with foreign leaders, etc. ya think?? I’m just sayin…

  10. sportsdrenched says: Oct 5, 2013 6:55 AM

    I’m gathering from the comments here, and in the Condi Rice story that NO ONE is qualified to be on this committee.

    Who do you suggest that’s available?

  11. imaduffer says: Oct 5, 2013 10:29 AM

    Moe, Larry and Curly would seem to be the most logical choices.

  12. normtide says: Oct 5, 2013 10:57 AM

    Super, well said.

  13. rawgator06 says: Oct 5, 2013 12:30 PM

    So far, they have picked a diverse, extremely competent group of individuals. Manning has been around football his whole life, they have several respected AD’s and former AD’s, and Rice knows a ton about football and can be considered neutral concerning conference/ team allegiance

  14. jacksprat57 says: Oct 8, 2013 1:39 PM

    Why in the world has Pat Hayden been selected? His halo has both slipped down his neck and tightened up a mite during his time as Boss at USC.

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