13-member College Football Playoff selection committee announced, former Secretary of State is lone female

13-member College Football Playoff selection committee announced, former Secretary of State is lone female
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POSTED: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 1:23pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 6:15pm

Much to the anticipation and excitement of college football fans nationwide, the 13-member College Football Playoff selection committee has officially been announced.

The committee will select four teams that will advance to the College Football Playoff starting after the 2014 regular season.

The committee will be responsible for ranking and placing teams in the non-contract New Year's Day bowls, also known as the Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Bowl. According to ESPN Central Texas, they will also select the highest ranked champion from the five non-power leagues (American, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West and Sun Belt), and they will get a bid to one of the six CFP bowls.

University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long, has been chosen as the chairman of the committee.

Other members include Mike Gould, Tom Jernstedt, Dan Radakovich, Mike Tranghese and Steve Wieberg. Also in charge of the selections will be Archie Mannine, Oliver Luck, Pat Haden, Tom Osborne, Barry Alvarez and Tyrone Willingham.

But perhaps, the biggest name of them all, is the lone female board member, former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. Rice, 58, who attended colleges such as The University of Denver (Bachelor's Degree in political science), The University of Notre Dame (Master's Degree in political science), Moscow State University in Russia (Studied Russian language/politics), Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver (Ph.D. in political science), is also a trained concert pianist. She was an assistant professor of political science at Stanford University from 1981–1987, before being promoted  to associate professor where she would remain until 1993. After serving as the Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, Rice returned to Stanford as a political science professor and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution in 2009. She is currently a professor of political science and on the faculty of the Graduate School of Business as the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy, in addition to being the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution.

Below, you can read the official press release from the College Football Playoff organization:

Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, today announced the members of the committee that will select the four teams to compete in the first playoff. The 13 members were unanimously chosen by the College Football Playoff Management Committee, the commissioners of the conferences overseeing the new playoff. The playoff will begin at the end of the 2014 season.

In aggregate, the selection committee members have roughly 230 years of experience in college football. The group includes 10 people who played college football, two former top-level university administrators, five current athletics directors, three members of the College Football Hall of Fame, three former college football head coaches, a former United States Secretary of State, a former member of Congress, and a retired three-star general.

In addition, the group includes a Rhodes Scholar, two Academic All-Americans, three Phi Beta Kappa graduates, and a retired journalist who won numerous awards as a reporter. Collectively the group has 26 degrees of higher learning, including eight master's degrees, two law degrees, and two doctoral degrees.

"We wanted people of the highest integrity for this committee, and we got them. Every one of them has vast football knowledge, excellent judgment, dedication and love for this game," said Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff. "They will no doubt have one of the hardest jobs in sports. But their skills and wide variety of experiencesfrom coaches and athletes to university leaders and journalistswill ensure that they will be successful. And they are committed to investing the time and effort necessary for this endeavor. We are grateful that they will be serving this terrific game of college football."

The members of the selection committee are:

  • Jeff Long, vice chancellor and director of athletics, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, Chair 
  • Barry Alvarez, director of athletics, University of Wisconsin-Madison 
  • Lieutenant General Mike Gould, former superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy 
  • Pat Haden, director of athletics, University of Southern California 
  • Tom Jernstedt, former NCAA executive vice president 
  • Oliver Luck, director of athletics, West Virginia University 
  • Archie Manning, former University of Mississippi quarterback and all-pro NFL quarterback 
  • Tom Osborne, former head coach and director of athletics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
  • Dan Radakovich, director of athletics, Clemson University 
  • Condoleezza Rice, Stanford University professor, former Stanford provost and former United States Secretary of State 
  • Mike Tranghese, former commissioner of the Big East Conference 
  • Steve Wieberg, former college football reporter, USA Today 
  • Tyrone Willingham, former head coach of three FBS institutions 

Team-Selection Method:
Unlike the BCS, which uses a formula based on a combination of computer rankings and human polls to select teams, selection committee members for the new playoff will have flexibility to examine whatever data they believe is relevant to inform their decisions. Among the many factors the committee will consider are win-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, and conference championships won. 

Anticipated Timing of Announcements:
Although the exact timing has yet to be determined, the selection committee will meet several times in person to evaluate teams and prepare interim rankings during the regular season. It will meet again during selection weekend and will announce the pairings for the playoff. 

Committee-Member Selection Process:
There were five categories of individuals: People with experience as (1) coaches, (2) student-athletes, (3) administrators, and (4) journalists, and also (5) sitting directors of athletics.

The management committee gave careful consideration to the standards for membership and identifying individuals who matched the criteria. The top-priority criterion was integrity. Among the other valued attributes was football expertise, objectivity, ability to carefully evaluate and discern information, and experience in making decisions under scrutiny. Prospective members were asked to commit significant time to the endeavor.

In the spring of 2013, each FBS conference was invited to submit a list of up to 15 potential candidates. Those individuals comprised the preliminary list of nominees. The management committee reduced that list of approximately 100 names to a shorter list. The management committee reviewed this short list and then authorized Hancock to begin contacting prospective members to gauge their interest in serving.

After discussions with prospective members, formal invitations were extended.

Current Athletics Directors on the Selection Committee:
The management committee felt strongly that the service of current athletics directors (ADs) on the selection committee was essential for its success, since ADs are experts in college football and have careers spanning different schools, conferences and levels. However, it is important to note that ADs will not be representing their respective conferences; rather, each member of the committee will represent college football as a whole. The number and ratio of the ADs on the selection committee was agreed to by the management committee.

Selection of Committee Chair:
The selection committee chair was chosen by the management committee. 

Length of Service on Selection Committee:
Formal term limits will be established for the committee members at a later date. Generally the term will be three years, but some will be shorter and others will be longer initially, to achieve a rotation. 


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