Mike Slive wants 'football expertise'

April, 30, 2013
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Now that the BCS is in its final year, all we can think about -- and talk about -- is the upcoming College Football Playoff.

We know when it will take place (after the 2014 regular season), where the first national championship game will be held (Arlington, Texas) and which bowls will make up the six-bowl rotation.

"We want integrity, and we want transparency, because this is our opportunity to make sure that not only are we comfortable but you're (the media) comfortable and all the fans are comfortable that this process is the way it should be. It's not going to be easy."

-- SEC commissioner Mike Slive
But as for who will make up the committee that decides which teams will make it into the four-team playoff, we're still left in the dark a little bit.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive, who owns a wealth of power in the college football realm, just wants to make sure there is "football expertise" when it comes to the makeup of the future committee.

"We want football expertise," Slive said on Monday. "We want integrity, and we want transparency, because this is our opportunity to make sure that not only are we comfortable but you're (the media) comfortable and all the fans are comfortable that this process is the way it should be. It's not going to be easy."

BCS executive director Bill Hancock has already said that the plan is for the selection committee to be made up of 14-20 members, including at least one person representing each of the 10 BCS conferences. Some of the factors the committee will consider when making the four teams include strength of schedule, where regular season games were played, conference championships and whether injuries to key players affected teams during the year.

But picking those committee members will be tough. It'll be easy to find enough people to fill space, but finding people with the right qualifications won't be. There has been talk about former coaches being a part of the committee, along with former media members and former athletic directors.

Will these members be divided up by region? Will they reveal their own poll toward the end of the season?

No one really knows, but the hope is that the new football committee is like the NCAA basketball committee.

Here's what Alabama coach Nick Saban said last week about figuring out who should be on the committee:
“I know there’s been some talk about possibly having some former coaches that can do some evaluation and have some input. That might be a positive.

“I also think that there are a lot of people involved in this every day trying to figure out the best way to do it. I do trust and respect what they’re trying to do and that they’ll come up with the best solution. It may not be a perfect solution, but the best solution that we can for college football.”

Time is ticking for conference commissioners, but the hope is that they get closer to some sort of committee makeup when they meet again in mid-June.

"You're there to represent football and what's in the best interest of football, what's in the best interest of the playoffs," Slive said. "There's a foundational culture from which we can work. Now we need to adjust it to football and the fact that we're not picking 68 teams, we're picking four."

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