More CFP Committee Details Revealed
The 13-member College Football Playoff selection panel became official Wednesday at a press conference in Irvine, Texas.
The committee members already were reported, though the press conference did reveal some more details:
• The group will meet four times during the season and release Top 25 rankings four or five times beginning about mid-October, though they will not release individual ballots.
• Committee members will serve three-year terms, though the original members will rotate out in staggered fashion so the entire committee won't be replaced at once, CFP executive director Bill Hancock said.
• Committee members will not be paid.
• The committee will select the nation's best four teams to participate in a single-elimination, seeded playoff to determine the national champion. Committee members can use "whatever data they believe is relevant" to determine the best teams.
• The panel will seed teams one through four, and those teams will play a combined three bowl games (a national semifinal and a national final). In addition to choosing the nation's four best teams during selection weekend, the 13 members will select at-large participants for the Cotton, Fiesta and Chick-fil-A bowls.
• Of the six CFP bowls, at least one participant must be from outside the Power Five leagues. That means of the 12 teams, just one is required to be from the American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West or Sun Belt.
• Though Hancock called 13 "the right number," he left open the possibility of fluctuation in the future and indicated some individuals turned down invitations to join the committee due to the time commitment.
• According to the official press release, the group has about 230 years of college football experience and 26 college degrees, including eight master's degrees, two law degrees and two doctoral degrees.
• "The top-priority criterion was integrity. Among the other valued attributes was football expertise, objectivity, ability to carefully evaluate and discern information, and experience in making decisions under scrutiny," the press release said, "Prospective members were asked to commit significant time to the endeavor."
• Hancock defended the inclusion of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the most controversial inclusion and perhaps the biggest name. "Condi definitely earned her spot on this committee," Hancock said. "She knows this game, she is a student of this game. Obviously, part of this is going to be the ability to make judgments under scrutiny, and Condi has that."