The College Football Playoff has already added one new face this offseason to the committee tasked with selecting the four-team field. Could another be in the offing?
ESPN.com‘s Heather Dinich, citing an unnamed source, is reporting that CFP officials have approached former Boston College and North Carolina State head coach Tom O’Brien about the possibility of being a future member of the selection committee. As was noted at the time of their appointments, the terms of current committee members Mike Gould, Pat Haden, Tom Osborne and Mike Tranghese expire next February, which will potentially create vacancies on what is currently a 12-person committee.
While the number is 12 now, that total could go up or down moving into future seasons, the leadership of the CFP has stated in the past. If the CFP goes searching for new membership, O’Brien says he’d listen.
“Certainly I’d be flattered to be considered, but who knows where it will go,” O’Brien said. “I think it’s a thing that’s a long way off, nothing that would happen for years. It’s not like it’s on the near horizon. I would be interested, but I’m interested in a lot of things, and nothing.”
In January of this year, O’Brien retired after a 40-year career in coaching. Were he to join the committee, O’Brien would likely be recused if the playoff discussion ever turned to North Carolina State or Boston College and stop laughing it could happen maybe.
There are currently three former FBS head coaches on the committee: Osborne, Barry Alvarez and Tyrone Willingham.
In mid-December of last year, after the final CFP rankings came out, it was announced that Oliver Luck would be stepping down as West Virginia’s athletic director and taking a job at the NCAA. Two months later, Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt was announced as Luck’s replacement.
The terms of Alvarez, Archie Manning and Condoleezza Rice expire in February of 2017, while the terms of Willingham, committee chair Jeff Long, Tom Jernstedt, Dan Radakovich and Steve Wieberg are up a year later.
The committee actually consisted of 13 individuals before Manning took a sabbatical in mid-October due to health issues. Manning is expected to return for the 2015 season — maybe — although hasn’t been officially confirmed.