SEC submitting names for selection committee

Published: Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 4:30 p.m.

SANDESTIN — Now that the college football playoff has a model and a name, the next step is to form the selection committee that will determine the final four teams starting in 2014.

It's a huge step, one the SEC has already started taking.

League commissioner Mike Slive has asked all the SEC coaches and athletic directors at the SEC Meetings this week to give him names of potential candidates for the committee. They are due today. Slive will then submit the names to Bill Hancock, the executive director of the College Football Playoff.

“I've asked them to give me names of people they think would be the kind of folks we'd want on the selection committee,” Slive said. “I'll take any good names that we get.”

Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley turned in his suggestions earlier in the week, saying he gave two names to Slive.

Foley would not reveal the names, but he did reveal the characteristics he feels are necessary to serve on the committee.

“The people have to know the sport, people have to have been involved in the sport in some form or fashion: as an administrator, as a coach, as a player,” Foley said. “I think one of the biggest things is the integrity and the credibility, so when these names get published, you folks are looking at them and saying, 'You know something, that's a good group.'

“Now, there may be criticism of who they picked or how they picked them; that's all going to be part of the process. But one of the goals — and I know it's a goal because I heard the commissioners talk — is that when the names get released, people are saying, 'You know something, that's a good group. Those people know what they're doing, those people have the right people in terms of integrity.'

“In December, people are going to argue with them. But it's not because people perceive them as not being competent."

Hancock revealed Wednesday who cannot be on the committee: current commissioners, coaches and media members.

Hancock said there's a chance current athletic directors might be eligible to serve.

“In the working concept, commissioners would not be part of the committee, but ADs could be,” he said. “But it's still a working concept. It could change. The whole thing is a work in progress.”

The committee is expected to be comprised of 12 to 20 members.

Slive, who served on the NCAA basketball selection committee for five years, has a clear idea of who he'd like to see on it.

“You want somebody with, first, unquestioned integrity and someone who knows the game of football in a significant way,” Slive said. “Somebody who can watch a team play and really understand whether that's a good football team or not a good football team.

“Objectivity is important. Those are the kind of characteristics.”

Slive said it's also important for selection committee members to have a passion for the game — and the time to do what will be a labor intensive job.

“It's going to be someone who has some time,” he said. “When I served five years on the (basketball selection) committee, I figured it took a year off my life, which is fine. You have to have the time and the energy and the desire and the commitment to do that, in addition to being someone of integrity and really knowing the game.

“Those are really the people we're looking for.”

Foley said there is a sense that the committee needs to be formed fairly soon so it will have adequate time to determine a criteria for selecting the final four teams.

“That has to happen sooner rather than later,” Foley said.

As for the parameters for selecting the final four teams, Slive said it will be a combination of subjective opinions along with other metrics, including data and computer technology.

“In my experience on the basketball committee, there are two components,” Slive said. “One is the subjective or eyeball test. You see teams play, and you form opinions about the quality of the teams.

“Then you look at objective data (such as strength of schedule, etc.). One of the challenges that we have on the subjective side is to create metrics, create data so there are other measuring devices that can supplement the eyeball test.”

The eyeball test for selecting the committee itself is pretty clear and obvious.

“We want people with integrity who are willing to make difficult decisions,” Hancock said.

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