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College Football Playoff Unveils Selection Criteria As Committee Is Formally Announced
Published October 17, 2013
INITIAL LINEUP LOOKS GOOD: ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy wrote of the 13-member selection committee, "It is a very impressive group. It oozes incredible ethics, credibility and integrity" (ESPN.com, 10/16). CBSSPORTS.com's Jeremy Fowler wrote, "These committee members do indeed fit the 'integrity' criteria" (CBSSPORTS.com, 10/16). ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel wrote under the header, "Selection Committee Got It Right." The committee "is in good hands" (ESPN.com, 10/16). In L.A., Chris Dufresne writes the committee comprises a "stellar panel of distinguished scholars and citizens." Some "might question the inclusion of former USA Today sportswriter Steve Wieberg, but those who know him can attest there is no one more qualified or square-egg diligent" (L.A. TIMES, 10/17). In Atlanta, Jeff Schultz acknowledged the committee "will be second-guessed." Schultz: "But anybody would be second-guessed. In the end, we will get four worthy selection" (AJC.com, 10/16). In Omaha, Tom Shatel writes of former Nebraska coach and AD Tom Osborne under the header, "Osborne Fits On A Common-Sense Selection Panel." Shatel: "Is it a perfect group? No. There are already critics taking their shots at the process." But "for now, for starters, this group makes sense" (Omaha WORLD-HERALD, 10/17).
SCRUTINY WILL BE WIDESPREAD: In N.Y., Tom Spousta writes the credentials of the committee "appear above reproach." But officials acknowledged that it "would be hard for the members to be perceived as neutral enough to satisfy fans’ scrutiny" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/17). FOXSPORTS.com's Greg Couch wrote criticism of former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's inclusion on the committee is a "great example of a fundamental flaw to this system." It is not about whether she is "credible but about whether Joe College Football Fan can ever find anyone credible" (FOXSPORTS.com, 10/16). In South Carolina, Ed Storin writes the committee is "built for failure." With five current ADs on board, it "looks like more of the same old, same old." Storin: "All are reputed to have great integrity, but they will carry a heavy baggage of school and conference loyalty" (Hilton Head ISLAND PACKET, 10/17). ESPN.com's Ted Miller wrote, "Getting 13 folks to agree on prioritizing a mostly subjective and shifting set of criteria is going to be a challenge" (ESPN.com, 10/16).