Parameters in place for selection committee


We now know what the future College Football Playoff selection committee could look like starting in 2014.

In a roundabout sorta way.

Here is what we do know, via executive director Bill Hancock at the SEC spring meetings:

  • Current commissioners will not be eligible to be on the committee.

  • Current head coaches and media members also will not be considered for the selection committee.

  • Current athletic directors "could be eligible," but Hancock added "that could change."

  • The focus, at least for now, has been on using former administrators, coaches, and perhaps media representatives.

Conferences have until Friday to submit names they want considered for the committee.

So how do these parameters jibe with what ACC coaches discussed at their recently concluded spring meetings? Let's just say these parameters are not what ACC coaches had in mind.

League coaches favored the model used by the NCAA basketball selection committee, with a mix of current athletic directors and representatives from across each conference. They did not want retired coaches to serve on the committee because they want people who are affiliated with the game currently in some way.

During his meeting with reporters after the meetings wrapped, commissioner John Swofford said the league did not take a formal position on who should sit on the committee. Though the coaches were not in favor of retired individuals being a part of the group, Swofford seems to have an open mind on that particular topic.

Hancock expects 12 to 20 people to be seated on the selection committee, which has the onerous task of picking the four teams to make the playoff and the four New Year's Eve and New Year's Day major bowls.