Football playoff committee announced

Posted October 16th, 2013


A former secretary of state, three former coaches, a sportswriter and three members of the Hall of Fame will be among the group of 13 that will decide the four college football playoff teams for 2014.

The selection committee was announced Wednesday afternoon. They will meet with the media later today. The story is developing, so check back for more details.

They have 230 years of experience with college football.


“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, in a statement issued to the media. “They will no doubt have one of the hardest jobs in sports. But their skills and wide variety of experiences—from coaches and athletes to university leaders and journalists—will 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

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