Conflicts of interest have been one of the more enduring features of the Coaches Poll, so why should we be the least bit surprised if the new, improved College Football Playoff ponders going down the same road?
Current athletic directors will be used on the committee, an industry source told Sporting News Wednesday – a direct reversal from public statements made in May by CFP executive director Bill Hancock.
It now appears as the though the selection committee will consist of one athletic director from each of the five power conferences, former coaches and players and possibly former media members.
Gee, a backtrack from a Bill Hancock statement… that’s different.
This is about protecting the money trail. Nothing more, nothing less. Those of you who still think the playoffs are about settling things on the field, you may think you’re romantics, but there’s a more accurate term to describe you. You’re suckers.
Oh, and this:
While current polls won’t be used in the process, there is concern among some in the working CFP group that failing to release a weekly ranking will allow the Associated Press and coaches polls – two polls that had defined the game for decades – to direct the narrative and therefore minimize the CFP poll.
Har de har har. My bet is that transparency will be the next backtrack and they’ll tell the coaches to bring the Coaches Poll to an end. Bonus points if Hancock hints that it’s necessary to do that to kill the perception of bias and conflicts of interest. It’s for the good of the game, you know.