College Football Playoff Selection Committee Will Feature Athletic Directors

By Kyle Rowland on July 17, 2013 at 11:07a
Athletic Directors will pick the teams that make the college football playoff.

Per a report from Matt Hayes of the Sporting News, the selection committee for the College Football Playoff will feature athletic directors. There's been speculation for months about who would be on the committee — retired administrators, members of the media, former players? Now we have an answer:

Hayes reports that one AD from each of the five power conferences, plus former coaches and players and possibly former media members could also be included in the process.

The first thought is ADs will let biases creep in. But don't forget, the NCAA Tournament uses the same selection process. For the basketball tournament, athletic directors must leave the room when their school is discussed. The same rule will apply to college football's "Winter Madness."

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith chaired the NCAA Selection Committee in 2011 and while he enjoyed the process, it's also a tiring endeavor that took him away from his day-to-day job. He's indicated that he has no interest in being on the College Football Playoff selection committee. When contacted by Eleven Warriors about whether he will be part of the selection process, he said, "No clue." 


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Urban Nation Army's picture

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

Savage45's picture

It did us no good to have Gene S. as head of the NCAA selection board in 2007. The only time Thad's boys didn't make the tournament (when eligible).
So, it won't make a difference for The Buckeyes if he's on the football committee or not.

AndyVance's picture

Color me naive, but the NCAA Tournament selection committee process generally appears to work (in the broadest sense), so adopting that formula as a starting point seems like, well, a logical step.

Savage45's picture

I agree the B-Ball committee does a good job for the most part, I'm just saying I don't think it benefits or hurts Ohio State either way if Smith is a part of it.

Kyle Rowland's picture

When it comes to football, I think all the big-time programs will forever have an advantage. The Boise States of the world won't be on equal footing till they win a title, just like mid-majors in basketball. Once George Mason, Butler, VCU, etc. reached the Final Four, respect came. 

AndyVance's picture

Agreed, but I think that's true regardless of the committee's makeup. Aside from some media members' having a hard-on for Boise/TCU/(insert other plucky upstart of the BCS era here) being a "BCS Buster," I think any of the likely committee members will have some level of confirmation bias toward the traditional football powerhouses.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Come on...these athletic directors don't have time to break down every team.  They're going to get a heavy briefing and direction from not only their SID but I'm guessing the conference comish will make a phone call prior to the meeting as well as advertisers sending some gift packages with private cards in them trying to steer in one direction or another.  Thats how these things work.  There's no fair shake when $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ is involved.

OSUs12-OH's picture

I personally think this committee will be a joke and we'll see next year how bad of one it will be bc the BCS is still involved.  That personally bothers me....
Agree with you Kyle, that fourth spot could possibly turn into the same problem with the BCS bowl games.  Some team(s) will be left out and that's life of the $BCS$.  That will never change...someone will feel left out.  I'm betting now it will be a team from the Big East next year.  First selection, obviously the mighty SEC.  Second selection will be Big 12 or PAC 12 and then tB1G.  The playoffs will be between B1G vs Big 12 (sort of big 10 not 12) and SEC vs PAC-12.  Just an uneducated guess because no one really knows what will happen but that's my best assumption.    

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AndyVance's picture

Savage, you are correct - it's a net neutral for us if Gene's on the committee.

mtharp's picture

its easier not to screw up when your only need to pick the top 65....

AndyVance's picture

That's true.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

. . . athletic directors must leave the room when their school is discussed.

But won't that mean that Mike Slive will spend almost the entire time in the lobby?
You know, because 80-percent of the teams up for consideration will be SEC teams . . .

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

But please...keep the members of the media off the selection committee.  Out of all those mentioned, I would at least have the least problem with the athletic directors.  Could Mark Clay or May Travis be even the slightest bit objective?

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WhySoSerious's picture

Playoffs, PLAYOFFS 
lol im sorry.


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BuckeyeNationProblems's picture

Picking 64 teams hides a lot of error relative to a 4 team playoff. Prime example, a 2 seed is more likely to win the NC than a 1 seed. 


Michibuck's picture

13-0, we have no problem.

Oyster's picture

This whole discussion backs my premise that the winner of every conference is in the playoffs.  The matchups are then based on records and the higher seeds get home field advantage.  Nobody can claim they were robbed or not considered etc.  Wanna play for the championship?  Win your conference first.  Everything starts the week after the conference championships, and the losers get a bowl invite to specific bowls that have spots reserved for losers in the playoffs. 

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(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)