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

Even though the BCS is still the law of the college football land, the start of the four-team playoff next season has created a buzz.

That was evident Wednesday morning during a national teleconference with BCS executive director Bill Hancock. The Oklahoma native will take over the administration of the playoff when it begins next season, and most of the questions he fielded were about that new system.

Q: Where are you on the playoff selection committee? How far along are you?

A: “We're making progress on the selection committee. We're not finished. But I'm in the process of making calls to prospective committee members, and it's going quite well. Everything is on target. We've got a lot more talking to do, and it's going to take awhile, and that's why we don't have a deadline. It's really too soon to say when we'll be finished, but we all feel good about where we are.”

There's a meeting of the Collegiate Commissioners Association in late September. Might you have something by then, some names or anything?

“Don't know. Wouldn't be right to speculate.”

Is there any more solid number on how big the selection committee will be?

“Twelve to 18 is the number we're talking about now.”

The commissioners decided not to have a dry run of the playoff system this season. Why was that?

“Two things. First of all, we wanted to make sure the BCS was foremost. Nothing distracted from the BCS. Those teams that are kicking off (Thursday night), I don't think those student-athletes care a bit about the playoff. Their goal is to get into the BCS game, and we don't want to diminish that at all by creating some sort of a shadow cabinet for the playoff.

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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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