College Football Playoff: The background and biases of the men and woman who will decide

MEET THE COMMITTEE — A look at the 13 members of the College Football Playoff committee, their backgrounds and their qualifications.
by Berry Tramel Published: August 27, 2014


photo - The new College Football Playoff committee. ILLUSTRATION BY ROB BACKUS, The Oklahoman
The new College Football Playoff committee. ILLUSTRATION BY ROB BACKUS, The Oklahoman

BARRY ALVAREZ

* Age: 67

* Current job: Wisconsin athletic director

* Hometown: Langeloth, Pa.

* Alma mater: Nebraska

* Former jobs: Wisconsin head coach, Notre Dame assistant coach, Iowa assistant coach and high school coach in Iowa and Nebraska.

* Qualifications: The father of a program. Alvarez turned Wisconsin into a nationally-relevant program.

* Regional bias: An upper Midwest man all the way.

MICHAEL GOULD

* Age: 60

* Current job: Retired Lieutenant General.

* Hometown: Kent, Ohio

* Alma mater: Air Force Academy, Webster University

* Former jobs: Air Force officer.

* Qualifications: Fresh perspective, as an administrator of a regal institution but no ties to big-time college football.

* Regional bias: Nothing discernible. Air Force is a national institution.

PAT HADEN

* Age: 61

* Current job: Southern Cal athletic director

* Hometown: La Puente, Calif.

* Alma mater: Southern Cal, Loyola (Calif.) Law School, Oxford University

* Former jobs: Director of companies with Riordan, Lewis & Harden, a private equity firm; football analyst with NBC, CBS, Fox and TNT; Los Angeles Rams quarterback.

* Qualifications: TV work allowed Haden to see college football all over the nation.

* Regional bias: Hard to imagine anyone more tied to one area than Haden to California.

TOM JERNSTEDT

* Age: 68

* Current job: Retired

* Hometown: Carlton, Ore.

* Alma mater: Oregon

* Former jobs: NCAA director of events, NCAA executive vice president, Oregon administration.

* Qualifications: As well as anyone on Earth, knows how championships are supposed to work.

* Regional bias: Virtually none. Forty years in the NCAA will make a guy respectful of all, fan of none.

JEFF LONG

* Age: 53

* Current job: Arkansas athletic director

* Hometown: Kettering, Ohio

* Alma mater: Ohio Wesleyan, Miami-Ohio

* Former jobs: Pitt AD, OU associate AD, Eastern Kentucky AD, Virginia Tech associate AD, Michigan administration, Rice assistant coach, Duke assistant coach, North Carolina State assistant coach.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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