SBD/February 8, 2013/Colleges

BCS Selection Committee Will Include 14-20 Members With Reps From 10 FBS Leagues

BCS Exec Dir Bill Hancock said that the selection committee for college football's playoff would "consist of between 14-20 members, including at least one individual representing each of the 10 FBS conferences," according to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com. The committee will "resemble the NCAA men's basketball tournament's selection committee." Hancock said that committee members could "come from all walks of life, including former commissioners, former and current athletic directors and former coaches." He said, "We want experienced football purists, experts." The selection committee will "receive a 'jury charge' from the commissioners." In ranking the teams, the committee will "consider strength of schedule, where the games were played, conference championships and whether teams lost games because of injuries to key players." The commissioners "next meet April 23-25 in Pasadena, Calif." At that time, they are "expected to officially announce Cowboys Stadium ... as the site of the first title game on Jan. 12, 2015." The commissioners also "likely will reveal in April the three other bowls that will host the semifinals." Sources said that they "would be the Cotton, Tostitos Fiesta and Chick-fil-A bowls." Commissioners at that time also likelywill reveal the "name of the new playoff, and how the selection committee will be formed" (ESPN.com, 2/7). USA TODAY's George Schroeder noted "comparisons with basketball are imperfect." The four-team field is "much smaller, and so is the sample size (12 or 13 games vs. 35), which makes the stakes -- and scrutiny -- much higher." ACC Commissioner John Swofford said, "Everything about the selection committee is intensified and accentuated. Everything is accelerated" (USATODAY.com, 2/7).
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