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College Football Playoff selection committee meets for the first time

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The new College Football Playoff selection committee met for the first time on Monday and the committee’s chairman told assembled reporters afterward that the current national title race would not serve as a ‘dry run’ for their work next season. The merits of whether the current Ohio State, Baylor or Stanford squads would make it into a mythical final four did not come up since the committee didn’t want to damage the legitimacy of the current BCS race.

“That’s not in the purview of this committee,” said Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long, the committee chairman.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is probably the biggest name on the  committee and the only one without a background in sports. She pointed out that she is already looking at games differently.

“I try to watch more games – which in my case is almost impossible, since I already watch a lot of football,” said Rice, a former provost and current professor at Stanford who has long had a reputation as a devout football fan. “It’s not so much to say how I would be ranking but, ‘What ought I to be looking for? What am I really seeing in this game that will help me when we get together for discussion? How am I thinking about what this team is showing on the field and what I see another team show on the field?’

“It’s more like that for me than, ‘This team I would be thinking of as stronger than that team.’ “

The committee is still working out the details of how they will assess the teams. They will meet several times during the season and issue four sets of preliminary rankings. They are expected to be provided with condensed versions of game broadcasts to help them make their choice.

“We’re excited to begin the process,” Long said. “We know we have more work to do in the first year. … This meeting is really more to get the issues on the table.”

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17 Responses to “College Football Playoff selection committee meets for the first time”
  1. gquesen says: Nov 11, 2013 9:29 PM

    I wish they would just start with an 8 team playoff. That said, really glad there will at least be a playoff. Those games are going to be so fun to watch.

  2. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 11, 2013 9:44 PM

    This will be interesting. Hope they get a process in place quickly and smoothly. Probably more importantly I hope they can each figure out how to leave personal baggage for or against teams at the door and work together to pick the best teams.

  3. Anoesis says: Nov 11, 2013 9:55 PM

    “The merits of whether the current Ohio State, Baylor or Stanford squads would make it into a mythical final four did not come up since the committee didn’t want to damage the legitimacy of the current BCS race.”

    While I understand the political correctness in not verbalizing what every college fan already knows, all I can say is hahahahaha!

    You can’t further damage something that doesn’t exist so you may as well have used this season as a dry run.

  4. kymbo1949 says: Nov 11, 2013 10:02 PM

    Condoleezza Rice is a wonderful selection to serve on this committee. Look forward to the implementation of a great college playoff.

  5. vincentbojackson says: Nov 11, 2013 10:03 PM

    They couldn’t start with an 8 team playoff because that would make way too much sense.

    If a 4 team playoff were in place this year we’d still have controversy because a deserving team with a legit shot to win it all would certainly still get left out.

    We’ll take the 4-team for now, but the expansion to an 8-team playoff won’t come fast enough.

  6. overratedgators says: Nov 11, 2013 11:26 PM

    “They are expected to be provided with condensed versions of game broadcasts.”

    Can I get in on that action? Pretty sure I could save a whole two hours every Saturday just by cutting out the Applebee’s commercials alone.

  7. longbino says: Nov 12, 2013 7:04 AM

    Condoleezza Rice is a wonderful selection to serve on this committee. Look forward to the implementation of a great college playoff.

    Please elaborate and tell us why she is wonderful selection . What does she know more than Joe Average that sits on his couch for 12 on a Saturday?

  8. waynefontes says: Nov 12, 2013 7:57 AM

    The 8th best team doesn’t deserve a shot at the national title.

    Never in the history of college football has the 6th, 7th or 8th ranked team in the final poll had a legitimate claim at being #1.

    What’s great about college football is how important the regular season is. Why water down epic games when you know it’s not that important because both teams can make the playoffs.

    Let’s say Stanford and Oregon were both undefeated this year when they played.

    Rather than get excited about how so much is on the line when they play, we could think “oh well, the loser will still probably get a shot at the national championship.”

    That’s what made the SEC title games with Florida and Alabama so exciting. That was a playoff.

    The 8th best team in the country deserves a shot in college basketball, not college football.

  9. wvucolumbus says: Nov 12, 2013 8:57 AM

    I wish they would just go w/ the 6 team (NFL conference style) playoff.

    This way it means something to get a 1 or 2 seed since those teams would get the first round bye. 3 battles 6 and 4 battles 5.

  10. madtownthrowdown says: Nov 12, 2013 9:05 AM

    Waynefontes- I agree with what your saying. The problem with it is that the SEC fans would get all mad. Remember when Bama beat LSU. Then they played again in the Natl. Championship game? What a joke that was.

  11. jdillydawg says: Nov 12, 2013 12:23 PM

    “…since the committee didn’t want to damage the legitimacy of the current BCS race.”

    That’s funny.

  12. neomodernism says: Nov 12, 2013 5:37 PM

    instead of an 8 teams playoff (and i agree that the 8th ranked team rarely is a contender for the national championship)
    it will be easier if each conference have a conference championship game

  13. scbaby2013 says: Nov 12, 2013 6:04 PM

    @gquesen I totally agree, an elite 8 playoff would be great and exciting. Hope it happens soon

  14. scbaby2013 says: Nov 12, 2013 6:08 PM

    @neomodernism I think that would be cool. It would make these conference championship games mean something

  15. ratsfoiledagain says: Nov 12, 2013 6:15 PM

    longbino says: Nov 12, 2013 7:04 AM

    Condoleezza Rice is a wonderful selection to serve on this committee. Look forward to the implementation of a great college playoff.

    Please elaborate and tell us why she is wonderful selection . What does she know more than Joe Average that sits on his couch for 12 on a Saturday?
    **********************
    Her dad was/still is a HS football coach. Growing up all she knew was football. Think of the little girl in Remember the Titans. That was Rice. Her dad made sure she understood the game.

    Does she know more than the avg. Joe? Maybe, maybe not. But, if that doesn’t work for you, then there’s this; she’s there to counter Ty Willingham’s utter ineptness as a coach and leader.

  16. joerevs300 says: Nov 12, 2013 8:22 PM

    Personally, I would love to see it work this year, just to see if Ohio State could “drop 40 points+” on #1 Alabama.

    I’m betting the “S-E-C” chant in that stadium when Alabama has 40 on Ohio State could break the Guiness World Record that Seattle just set.

  17. boomgrounder says: Nov 13, 2013 4:56 AM

    Condoleeza Rice brings a level of intelligence and set of communication skills to the table that will serve the committee well and she obviously understands the game of football or she would not have been chosen. I’m not even a fan of her politics necessarily but she is uniquely qualified for the task at hand. Let’s face it. Football players may know football but this is more about understanding a broad concept of deciding the parameters of how to decide the selection process of the 4 teams for a playoff, not an X’s and O’s concept. One could argue Football Coaches are usually very biased toward their teams/conferences. This job calls for unbiased objectivety and I wouldn’t question her ability to be objective and unbiased. Rice will do fine with this group and will likely be their spokesperson based on her abilities to communicate publicly.

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