Playoff architects won’t be allowed to pick teams

Published 2:16 am Thursday, May 30, 2013

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — The conference commissioners who put together the College Football Playoff will not be allowed to serve on the committee that selects the teams that will play in it.

Executive director Bill Hancock says the commissioners are still working on the structure of the selection committee for the new postseason system that starts in 2014. But they have eliminated themselves from consideration.

Hancock says that they are not eliminating the possibility that active athletic directors could serve on the committee, but the focus has been on using former administrators, coaches, and even media members to make up the panel.

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Hancock says the commissioners would like the committee to have geographic balance.

“Conferences have been invited to submit names,” he told reporters covering the Southeastern Conference spring meetings. “Probably about 20.”

From there, 12-20 will be selected to be on the committee.

The commissioners would like to have the panel in place by before the end of the upcoming season, and possibly have them go through a dry run.

“There’s no timeframe,” he said. “We’re not in a hurry. There’s no rush. I think probably by this bowl season we’ll no. Maybe before then. But we’re not in any hurry.”

Hancock said the tentative plan will be for the committee to meet before the 2014 season, then about four times during the season, starting in October.