CFP Committee Ends First Set Of Meetings
The 13-member College Football Playoff selection committee met for the first time Monday and Tuesday after forming in October.
The meeting was designed to get the members acquainted with one another and open a dialog to determine the process they will use to determine the four-team playoff next year, according to multiple reports stemming from a photo opportunity open to the media Monday at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington D.C.
The committee, chaired by Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long, did not make any major decisions, but reinforced the plan to reveal four interim rankings starting next season and announced the initial term timeline. Archie Manning could not attend due to previous obligations. Tom Osborne could only participate on Tuesday.
"We're excited to begin the process," Long told USA Today. "This meeting is really more to get the issues on the table."
CFP executive director Bill Hancock previously said committee members will serve three-year terms, but the initial group will not all follow that rule to avoid wholesale replacements.
ESPN reported the terms of the initial members will end as follows:
Mike Gould, Pat Haden, Tom Osborne and Mike Tranghese.
Barry Alvarez, Oliver Luck, Archie Manning and Condoleezza Rice.
Tom Jernstedt, Jeff Long, Dan Radakovich, Steve Wieberg and Tyrone Willingham.
The 10 FBS conference commissioners and Notre Dame's athletic director form the management committee, which decided the selection committee will not practice with this year's teams, wanting to avoid clouding the BCS in its final season.
Rice, the former U.S. Secretary of State, told reporters she has watched more football games than ever this season and already is viewing games through a different lens.
"It's not so much to say how I would be ranking, but, 'What ought I be looking for? What am I really seeing in this game that will help me when we get together for discussion? How am I thinking about what this team is showing on the field and what I see another team show on the field?'" Rice said according to USA Today.
"It's more like that for me than, 'This team I would be thinking of as stronger than that team.'"