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College football: Q&A with Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff

Hancock spoke Thursday at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame’s quarterly leadership luncheon about the impending four-team playoff. Here are some excerpts on his talks:
by Berry Tramel Published: April 17, 2014
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photo -   Bowl Championship Series executive director Bill Hancock speaks with reporters to discuss the latest topics involving a new playoff format for determining an NCAA college football champion, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Rosemont, Ill. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Bowl Championship Series executive director Bill Hancock speaks with reporters to discuss the latest topics involving a new playoff format for determining an NCAA college football champion, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Rosemont, Ill. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

On committee members Jeff Long (Arkansas athletic director), Barry Alvarez (Wisconsin AD), Mike Gould (former superintendent, Air Force Academy), Pat Haden (Southern Cal AD), Tom Jernstedt (former NCAA executive vice president), Oliver Luck (West Virginia AD), Archie Manning (former Ole Miss and NFL quarterback), Tom Osborne (former Nebraska coach and AD), Dan Radakovich (Clemson AD), Condoleezza Rice (Stanford professor), Mike Tranghese (former Big East commissioner), Steve Wieberg (former USA Today writer) and Tyrone Willingham (former Notre Dame coach).

“It’s a great group. They will be heavily scrutinized. And I will say to you that if OU or OSU is No. 5, I want to apologize today, because you’re not going to be happy with me or with the committee.

“We did not create this playoff to avoid scrutiny or avoid contention. We created it because fans wanted more football and they wanted a bracket. Team (No.) 5 is going to be just as disappointed as Team (No.) 3 was. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Because we have an event that people want to participate in.”

On if committee members will be recused from discussing schools with which they are affiliated:

“Yeah, they will. We haven’t announced the full policy yet, we’re still working on it. But they will be recuse themselves. And for sure, if you’re working at a school, you’ll be recused. So Barry Alvarez will be recused from Wisconsin, Dan Radakovich from Clemson, Jeff Long from Arkansas. I think Dr. Osborne will be recused from Nebraska, because he still has an office there.”

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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