Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is on the 13-member committee that will pick the four teams for college football’s playoffs beginning next season.
University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long was named chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee two days ago. Rice, now a professor at Stanford University in Stanford, California, and the 12 other members were unanimously chosen by the athletic directors of conferences that are overseeing the new system, Bill Hancock, the playoff’s executive director, said in an e-mailed statement.
Other members are athletic directors Barry Alvarez of Wisconsin, Oliver Luck of West Virginia, Dan Radakovich of Clemson and Pat Haden of Southern California; former Air Force Academy Superintendent Mike Gould; Tom Jernstedt, a former National Collegiate Athletic Association executive vice president; former National Football League quarterback Archie Manning; former Nebraska coach and athletic director Tom Osborne; former Big East Conference Commissioner Mike Tranghese; former USA Today college football reporter Steve Wieberg; and former Notre Dame coach Tyrone Willingham.
The members generally will serve terms of three years, meeting several times during the season and on selection weekend, while given “flexibility to examine whatever data they believe is relevant to inform their decisions,” according to the statement.
The first playoff championship game will be held on Jan. 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.