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College football playoff: Organizers making calls to prospective selection committee members

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF — BCS executive committee director Bill Hancock says commissioners decided against trying a dry run of the playoff system this year.
by Jenni Carlson Published: August 28, 2013
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photo - Bill Hancock, executive director of the Bowl Championship Series, introduces the new name - College Football Playoffs - and competition framework of what will replace the BCS in 2014 at a meeting of the football conference commissioners in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, April 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) ORG XMIT: CARS208
Bill Hancock, executive director of the Bowl Championship Series, introduces the new name - College Football Playoffs - and competition framework of what will replace the BCS in 2014 at a meeting of the football conference commissioners in Pasadena, Calif., Tuesday, April 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) ORG XMIT: CARS208

“The process is going to require a significant time commitment on the part of the committee members. We just didn't want to put them in the position of rehearsing to put on ‘The Sound of Music' and then not getting to put on ‘The Sound of Music.'”

The site for the 2016 and 2017 national championship games have not been announced. Are you still planning on an announcement later this year, and have the parameters for the selection of those sites remained the same?

“We sent the (request for proposal) to 15 or 16 cities, and the deadline for responding is Sept. 27. Judging by the questions we received from folks in different cities, there is significant interest in this.

“Let's talk about the criteria for a second. In addition to the 65,000 seats ... a city cannot host the championship game in a year it hosts the semifinals. We look at broad categories, things like lodging. The overall stadium itself, not just the seating capacity but the user-friendliness of the stadium. Airline arrivals and departures in the city every day. And then the ability of the city to put on an event of this nature. I do think the cities that are in the mix for this have demonstrated either through the Final Four or Super Bowl or other significant events that they do have that infrastructure, that human infrastructure within the city to put on the event. But that is a significant factor that we'll be looking at.”

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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