The NCAA has announced the committee members for the inaugural College Football Playoff. The committee is chaired by University of Arkansas Athletics Director Jeff Long, and consists of the following individuals:
Barry Alvarez – University of Wisconsin Athletics Director
Lt. General Mike Gould – Former Superintendent of US Air Force Academy
Pat Haden – USC Athletics Director
Tom Jernstedt – Former NCAA Executive Vice President
Oliver Luck – West Virginia Athletics Director
Archie Manning – Former Ole Miss Quarterback
Tom Osborne – Former Nebraska Head Coach, Athletics Director, and Congressman
Dan Radakovich – Clemson University Athletics Director
Condoleezza Rice – Former Secretary of State
Mike Tranghese – Former Big East Commissioner
Steve Wieberg – Former College Football Sportswriter for USA Today
Tyrone Willingham – Former FBS Head Football Coach
The selection committee members have varied backgrounds with many accolades. Per the College Football Playoff Website:
In aggregate, the selection committee members have roughly 230 years of experience in college football. The group includes 10 people who played college football, two former top-level university administrators, five current athletics directors, three members of the College Football Hall of Fame, three former college football head coaches, a former United States Secretary of State, a former member of Congress, and a retired three-star general.
In addition, the group includes a Rhodes Scholar, two Academic All-Americans, three Phi Beta Kappa graduates, and a retired journalist who won numerous awards as a reporter. Collectively the group has 26 degrees of higher learning, including eight master’s degrees, two law degrees, and two doctoral degrees.