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College Football Playoff committee officially unveiled

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at 2:11 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at 11:33 p.m.

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The committee

• Jeff Long, Arkansas vice chancellor and athletic director

• Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin athletic director

• Lieutenant General Mike Gould, former superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy

• Pat Haden, Southern California athletic director

• Tom Jernstedt, former NCAA executive vice president

• Oliver Luck, West Virginia athletic director

• Archie Manning, former Mississippi and NFL quarterback

• Tom Osborne, former Nebraska football coach and athletic director

• Dan Radakovich, Clemson athletic director

• Condoleezza Rice, Stanford professor, former Stanford provost and former secretary of state

• Mike Tranghese, former Big East commissioner

• Steve Wieberg, former USA Today college football reporter

• Tyrone Willingham, former Notre Dame, Washington and Stanford football coach

Steve Wieberg is the person on the College Football Playoff committee who didn’t play or coach college football, hire a coach, negotiate a television contract or serve the president.

But few of the 13 members officially introduced Wednesday will bring a broader and more grounded perspective than Wieberg, a Lawson, Mo., resident and Missouri graduate who spent about three decades covering college sports for USA Today.

“I do think somebody in the media can look at teams from a national perspective, judging them across the board,” Wieberg said. “I figured I’ve covered 250-300 college football games, not watching them as a fan but more analytically.”

A similar perspective will be asked of all committee members when their duties begin next year, the first of the College Football Playoff.

“We represent all of college football,” said Jeff Long, the committee chairman and Arkansas athletic director. “In this task, we don’t not represent any one school, conference or region.”

In replacing the Bowl Championship Series system of polls and computer rankings that produce a standing from which the top two teams emerge to play for the title, the College Football Playoff will match the top four teams in semifinals.

“The charge is ... to determine the best teams in college football and seed them to play each other,” Long said.

The committee will select and seed the teams. It also will select at-large teams for high-profile bowl games using several criteria including schedule strength, head-to-head meetingsand conference championships.

The committee will meet at midseason and several other times to evaluate teams before a final meeting. It also will produce its own top-25 ranking to help guide its choices.

To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call 816-234-4730 or send email to bkerkhoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/BlairKerkhoff.

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