Oklahoma caravan: Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops not in favor of media on College Football Playoff selection committee

Stoops says media, coaches and athletic directors all have agendas and shouldn't be on the selection committee that has yet to be decided.
by Jason Kersey Modified: May 6, 2013 at 10:45 pm •  Published: May 6, 2013

TULSA — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops doesn't know which individuals belong on the impending College Football Playoff's selection committee.

“I don't know what's a good answer to that to be quite honest with you,” Stoops told reporters Monday at the OU Caravan stop in Tulsa.

Beginning with the 2014-15 season, four teams will play to crown college football's national champion in a season ending tournament, which replaces the 15-year old Bowl Championship Series.

The 10 conference commissioners recently announced the new system's name and bowl affiliates, but still haven't named — or even defined, really — the group of people tasked with choosing the College Football Playoff's four teams.

“(Athletic directors) have too much of a stake in it,” Stoops said. “Coaches have too much of a stake in it. We all have agendas, and/or (want to) protect our conference. It doesn't work.”

How about the media?

“Oh, hell no,” Stoops said with a laugh. “Regardless of what you want to say about your journalistic integrity, you have agendas. You in your local area, you have a team that's undefeated and you vote a one-loss team ahead of them and you're going to pay the price for it and you're gonna think about it.

“Who doesn't have an agenda? You tell me.”

Lots of ideas for the committee have been floated around, like including former coaches and former administrators. Last week, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott told CBSSports.com the current committee proposal being discussed doesn't include specific representation for each of the 10 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision conferences.

“We don't want people on the committee representing a particular constituency,” Scott told the website. “Then people are in there with a narrow interest. We want people in there who can take a broad view and do what's right.”

Asked about the possibility of a committee composed entirely of full-time members, devoted fully to the selection process, Stoops said there's still no way to make up for every person's inherent bias.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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