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Volume 24 No. 158


Arkansas AD Jeff Long has been "named the first chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee," and a news conference will be held tomorrow in Dallas to "announce the committee's members," according to Brett McMurphy of Below are the other 12 members of the committee, as identified by ESPN and the AP (, 10/14).

Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez
Retired Lt. Gen. and former Air Force Superintendent Michael Gould
USC AD Pat Haden
Former NCAA Exec VP Tom Jernstedt
West Virginia AD Oliver Luck
Former Ole Miss QB Archie Manning
Former Nebraska coach and AD Tom Osborne
Clemson AD Dan Radakovich
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese
Former USA Today reporter Steve Wieberg
Former college football coach Tyrone Willingham

THAT'LL DO:'s Gregg Doyel wrote, "I'm going to give Jeff Long a chance. Him and everyone else on the committee." This committee is "what we wanted," and "this playoff is what we wanted." It "wasn't going to happen in a vacuum." Doyel: "Let's stop whining about the humans on the committee, because the perfect human for this committee wasn't going to be picked. He or she doesn't exist" (, 10/14). 

KUDOS FOR CONDI: In Miami, Joseph Goodman wrote Rice "represents the exact type of energy, forward thinking and independent analysis that college football needs as it transitions from the old way of determining its national champion into this new system that could succeed beautifully if done right." It is "absurd to argue against Rice for a spot on the committee" (MIAMI HERALD, 10/13). SLATE's Amanda Hess wrote Rice "isn’t just fit to serve on the committee," she is "ridiculously, laughably qualified for the job." The role "requires someone who understands the game, but is also capable of taking his or her head out of it long enough to see the bigger picture" (, 10/9).

SMU AD Rick Hart yesterday said that the school plans to begin alcohol sales "at a basketball double-header on Jan. 4 at Moody Coliseum," according to Melissa Repko of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. SMU found that many schools in the American Athletic Conference and elsewhere "already sold alcohol to the public." Fans "urged SMU to do so," and a task force "unanimously endorsed the idea." Hart said that athletics officials "will present a final plan to administrators soon." SMU has "already obtained the local and state permits to sell alcoholic beverages," but it "still needs Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission approval." Hart said that SMU and its concessionaire company, Aramark, are "researching ways to block underage consumption and prevent binge drinking at the games." That may include "limiting the number of drinks sold at one time, setting up the sales in parts of the concourse more visible to security officers and cutting off sales before the end of the game." Hart added that beer and wine sales during basketball and football games "may actually decrease disruptive behavior" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/15).

Univ. of Texas President Bill Powers yesterday "appointed a seven-member advisory committee that includes two current regents to assist in searching for and hiring" the successor to men's AD DeLoss Dodds, according to Kirk Bohls of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN. The committee members are: UT Board of Regents Vice Chair Steve Hicks and Board of Regents member Robert Stillwell, who are the board’s athletics liaisons; UT accounting professor Michael Clement, who is the faculty representative to the Men’s and Women’s Athletics Councils; former ExxonMobil VP & General Counsel Charles Matthews; former Board of Regents member Robert Rowling; Capital Royalty Chair Charles Tate; and former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland Pamela Willeford. The school last week hired Jed Hughes of Korn/Ferry Int'l to "assist in the search" (, 10/14). Powers said that he and the committee will "also seek guidance from alumni, regents, faculty and students." Although Dodds remains under contract until Aug. 31, 2014, Powers has said that he would "like to hire his replacement in the next couple of months" (AP, 10/14).