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College Football Playoff selection panel unveiled

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FILE - This combo of undated file photos shows 12 of the 13 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee that were announced on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 by committee chairman Jeff Long, the athletic director at Arkansas. Top row, from left, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, former superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy retired Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, Southern California athletic director Pat Haden, former NCAA executive vice president Tom Jernstedt, West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck, and Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning. Bottom row, from left, Nebraska athletic director Tom Osbourne, Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese, former USA Today college football reporter Steve Wieberg, and former college football coach Tyrone Willingham. The committee will choose four teams in 2014 to play in the national semifinals and seed them. The winners of those games will play a week later for the national championship. (AP Photo/File)

By ralph russo

The Associated Press

First published Oct 16 2013 02:22PM
Updated Oct 16, 2013 11:24PM

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne and College Football Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning are among the 13 people who will be part of the College Football Playoff selection committee in 2014.

The committee members were officially unveiled Wednesday, though the names had been reported last week by The Associated Press and other media outlets. Earlier this week, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long was announced as the chairman of the first selection committee for the new postseason system that replaces the Bowl Championship Series next year.

The committee will choose four teams to play in the national semifinals and seed them. The winners of those games, played on a rotating basis at six bowl sites, will meet a week later for the national championship.

Long and BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock, who will assume the same position in the new postseason format, announced the committee members at a news conference at the College Football Playoff offices in Irving, Texas. The panel is made up of current athletic directors, former players and coaches and college administrators, and a former member of the media.

"Our work will be difficult, but rewarding at the same time," Long said. "We have important judgments to make during that process. We realize we represent all of college football."

Committee members will recuse themselves when a team they have a direct relationship with comes up, and they will be allowed to "examine whatever data they believe is relevant to inform their decisions," Hancock said.

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