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These 10 people should be on CFP committee's list

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Nearly one-third of the selection committee to be replaced (2:08)

With four members of the 13-member College Football Playoff selection committee ready to be replaced, Heather Dinich explains what will go into the criteria for the selection of potential future members. (2:08)

One shared trait of the College Football Playoff selection committee members is their willingness to keep quiet outside of the meeting room.

They're a buttoned-up, hush-hush group that follows the directions and leaves all of the talking to the committee chair, Jeff Long for the first two seasons, and the big boss, Bill Hancock.

That's why Steve Spurrier, the loquacious and always quotable former South Carolina coach, isn't on this list of potential candidates to replace the four committee members whose terms expire in February.

The CFP management committee will announce the replacements for Mike Gould, Pat Haden, Tom Osborne and Mike Tranghese this month. The management committee is comprised of the 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick.

While they are all invited to nominate candidates, it's expected that two of those four seats will be awarded to Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference, ensuring the Group of 5 conferences still have representation. That's why several of the following candidates hail from those two conferences. It's also unlikely that the ACC will have another seat at the table, as Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich is still on the committee.

The management committee will strongly consider geography, so an athletic director from the Pac-12 is expected to replace USC's Haden.

There are five categories of individuals who may be chosen to be on the committee: former coaches, athletes, administrators, journalists and athletic directors. While former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer would make an excellent committee member, the sense from sources is that it's too soon following his retirement, and he's not necessarily interested in it right now.

Here is a look at 10 names the CFP might consider:

Name: R.C. Slocum

Credentials: There was some buzz about Slocum, the former Texas A&M coach, possibly replacing Oliver Luck on the committee in 2014, at a time when there was a concerted effort to find a committee member with Texas roots, but he was never actually approached. Can't get much more Texas than Slocum, but Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt already has a seat. Slocum would also have to recuse himself from discussions and voting on Arizona State because his son, Shawn, is an assistant there. Slocum finished his 14-year career with a record of 123-47-2 (72.1 percent), and led the Aggies to 11 bowl games, including five New Year's Day games. He currently serves as the president of the American Football Coaches Foundation. Slocum lives in College Station, Texas, and is a part-time employee of Texas A&M as special adviser to the president, so he would definitely have to be recused from discussions on the Aggies.

What they've said about the job: "I would be honored to be a part of that. I've been for the playoff for a long time. ... I recognize the difficulty of the committee. That is a hard job. It's pretty much a thankless job. But this year I thought they did a great job with it. I thought they got it right and it's not easy. I'd be totally supportive of what they did and how they did it, and to be a part of it -- if I were asked to do it, I would do it because it would be another way of giving back to the game of football."

Name: Roger Staubach

Credentials: Nobody would question the merits of this Heisman Trophy winner, but he's still very involved in his real estate business, so remember this name in another year or two. Staubach won the coveted trophy as a junior at the Naval Academy in 1963. Following his graduation, he spent a mandatory four years on active duty, including service in Vietnam. He went on to an outstanding career with the Dallas Cowboys, where he was the MVP of Super Bowl VI.

What they've said about the job: "They talked to me a couple of years ago about it. The good news is they expect a lot of time. I would've really enjoyed it, except I couldn't give the time to it, and I'm still in the same category right now of commitments to a lot of things. ... They really do a lot of work. I think it would be interesting and fun to do. We would've had Navy in the final four this year, but other than that I would've been pretty objective about it. It really would be interesting. ... It's not just a lark. It's a serious deal. It changes week to week and I'm sure you've got all of your friends calling you, giving you opinions, but I couldn't devote the time to it. It would be an honor to be considered anyway. They talked to me a couple of years ago. I think if I would've said yes I would've had a chance to be on there."

Name: Bill Moos

Credentials: The Washington State athletic director should be the lead candidate out of the Pac-12 to replace Haden. He played at Washington State and was a longtime athletic director at Oregon (1995-2007). Moos was a three-year letterman left tackle in football and played in the 1972 East-West Shrine all-star game. He was a co-captain that season and earned All-Pac-8 Conference first-team honors.

What they've said about the job: "It would be an honor and a privilege to serve in that capacity and represent the Pac-12. I am currently the senior member of our athletic directors' group and have a wealth of experience and knowledge in regards to college football since I was a player myself in the early '70s. I understand the responsibilities and have a great deal of admiration for Bill Hancock and those who are currently serving. I think they've done an outstanding job the last two years with a model that I was promoting way back in the BCS days when I was at Oregon. Slightly different, but pretty close. ... If I was offered a position with this group, there would be a couple of challenges I would have to really look into. ... My interest is good, I'd have to debate with myself and my family and with my program here the time commitment. We all know there is a tremendous time commitment and I would not want to do this if it did not have my full engagement."

Name: Tom O'Brien

Credentials: He was approached by the CFP last spring about the possibility of becoming a future committee member, and has expressed interest in it. The question is whether or not the CFP would have another committee member with ACC ties because Clemson athletic director Radakovich's term doesn't expire until 2018. O'Brien was head coach at NC State for six years and Boston College for 10 seasons, where he was the winningest coach in Eagles history at 75-45. He had a 40-35 record in six seasons with the Wolfpack.

What they've said about the job: "Certainly I'd be flattered to be considered, but who knows where it will go," O'Brien said last March. "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."

Name: Jim Grobe

Credentials: The former Wake Forest coach transformed the Deacs from an afterthought in the ACC to a contender in the Atlantic Division before resigning in 2013. In his 13 seasons, Grobe compiled a record of 77-82, tying the school record for the most victories in a career. In 2006, Grobe led Wake Forest to the ACC title and a trip to the Orange Bowl. He had three times as many ACC victories (42) as any other Wake Forest football coach.

What they've said about the job: "I think it would be fun. I don't know a lot about the responsibilities, but I've got a feeling it gets pretty intense, especially down the stretch. But it seems like it would be fun. I know Bobby Johnson was excited. ... He was really fired up. It seemed like he really enjoyed it. I did sense the last half of the year when they were going out to Dallas every week it got pretty intense, but Bobby enjoyed it. I think it would be something that would be fun to do, but who knows if they'd be interested in an old hillbilly doing that stuff."

Name: Herb Deromedi

Credentials: He should be the MAC's top nomination, as Deromedi is still entrenched in Central Michigan and is one of the league's iconic figures. Deromedi is the winningest football coach in Mid-American Conference history with an overall record of 110-55-10, and is one of only two MAC football coaches to have been inducted into the NFF College Football Hall of Fame (2007). Deromedi lead the Chippewas to MAC championships in 1979, 1980 and 1990, and was named MAC Coach of the Year in 1980 and 1990. He was head football coach at Central Michigan for 16 years (1978-93), and then served as its athletic director from 1994 to 2006.

What they've said about the job: Could not be reached for comment.

Name: Bill Mallory

Credentials: His MAC roots include Miami (Ohio), where he was inducted into the school's hall of fame in 1980, and Northern Illinois, where he is also a member of the hall of fame (1999). Mallory played at Miami and earned first-team All-MAC honors and served as team co-captain in 1956. As coach, Mallory was 39-12 overall in five seasons (1969-73) at Miami, including a MAC title in 1973 (11-0 record). He coached NIU for four seasons (1980-83) and had an overall record of 25-19, including a MAC title in 1983 (10-2 record). Mallory also has Power 5 experience, having coached at Colorado (1974-78) and Indiana (1984-96).

What they've said about the job: "Any way I can help and contribute I'd be interested to help. I've got a great passion for the sport and any way I can help I'd be more than willing to do so."

Name: Joe Novak

Credentials: He's another former MAC coach and player with ties to both Miami (Ohio) and NIU, as Novak played at Miami for Bo Schembechler and spent 12 seasons as head coach at NIU before he retired. As a player and assistant coach for Miami and then for Northern Illinois, Novak was a part of five MAC championships. While at NIU, Novak won or shared four MAC West titles, appeared in one MAC championship game and made two bowl appearances. He played on back-to-back MAC co-championship teams at Miami University in 1965 and 1966 as a standout defensive end. He's currently retired and on the NCAA infractions committee.

What they've said about the job: "I do watch. I watch all the time. I'm a big college football fan. In fact I've still got about five or six games still on my list on my DVR to watch. That's my big interest is college football, so I certainly would be very interested. We all know from reading about it from the outside in. I've had a little connection with a few of those people in there, Barry Alvarez and people like that. I'm a big college football fan, it's actually my passion to be honest with you. It would be certainly a great honor and something that I would take very seriously and be very interested in. Just from what I've read and what I've observed I can tell it's pretty intense. I admire how people like Jeff Long and people who actually have jobs that aren't retired do that as well as their job."

Name: Jeff Bower

Credentials: As arguably the top coach in C-USA history, Bower should also be the league's top nomination. The legendary Southern Miss coach and former Golden Eagles quarterback had a 119-83-1 overall coaching record in 17 seasons, 93-54 when the school joined Conference USA, earning a winning record in all 12 seasons. Against league competition, Bower was 63-24. His name is synonymous with the program, which he still remains heavily involved in, and he finished his career as the school's second-winningest coach.

What they've said about the job: Could not be reached for comment.

Name: Jack Harbaugh

Credentials: You know the name. But that could also be the problem. It's hard to imagine the CFP selecting a committee member who has a son in such a high-profile coaching position as Michigan's Jim Harbaugh, but hey, there is a recusal policy. The former Western Kentucky coach should earn consideration, though, after a successful career that has spanned decades, including the 2002 FCS national title with the Hilltoppers.

What they've said about the job: Could not be reached for comment.

Other names to consider: former Florida State LB Derrick Brooks, former UCLA coach Terry Donahue, former Bowling Green and West Virginia coach Don Nehlen