“We have a lot of things to iron out.”

Hey, Jeff Long is fist-bumping with Bill Hancock!  I mean, how nerdy cool is that?

In the meantime, they’ve got to sharpen their pencils and figure out a game plan for selling the public on how the biases and conflicts of interest on the playoff selection committee will totally not be a problem.  There are a couple of ways to skin that cat from their perspective.  And that’s the only perspective that matters.

The selection committee is scheduled to meet again April 2-3, again in the Dallas area. Their hope, according to Hancock, is to present a recusal policy to the CFP’s management committee — the 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick — in time for consideration at that group’s meeting in late April.

So what can they do?  One, sell a procedure.

Long wouldn’t discuss specific possibilities under consideration. Although the CFP selection committee is modeled after its basketball counterpart, its decisions are expected to draw far more scrutiny. Controversy is probably unavoidable. But it’s imperative that, as far as possible, the committee’s policies and procedures anticipate and address potential issues. They can’t be making things up on the fly, or tweaking them after the fact.

Stop laughing.

Okay, if that doesn’t work, there’s another way to go.  Sell the committee members.

“There’s many places you could draw the line,” Long said. “However, I think the overriding issue for us, too, is the integrity of the people. They were selected because of their high integrity. That will factor into the ultimate decision of what the recusal policy should be.”

Go ahead, you can trust them.  Because those folks are completely different from everyone else with a hand in college athletics. Also, transparency.

Just remember, there’s nothing that can’t be fixed with a bigger playoff field.  Brackets heal all wounds.



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18 responses to ““We have a lot of things to iron out.”

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    You can trust us. We’re free from the weaknesses or ordinary men.


  2. Daniel Simpson Day

    Transparency? Does that mean all the discussions will be broadcast on CSPAN?


    • The Lone Stranger

      Maybe “they” could then spin that off into a BookNotes style exposition of the deep thinking that underpins these grave decisions.


  3. Noonan

    “We had to pass it to see what’s in it.”


  4. Gravidy

    “Just remember, there’s nothing that can’t be fixed with a bigger playoff field.”

    Your snark is dead on point, as usual. Damn, I hate a slippery slope.


  5. Hackerdog

    If you can’t trust the guy who hired Petrino, who can you trust?


    • wnc dawg

      Someone who condoned torture?


      • Dog in Fla

        Her experience in enhanced interviewing techniques and watersports makes her the ideal candidate to stage a coup against Chairman Jeff Long and take control over the agenda and subjugate the rest of the remaining committee members. All signs of integrity without recusal predict that her transparent Top Four ballot will always include Notre Dame, Alabama, Stanford and the Cleveland Browns


      • Dog in Fla

        Not only that, she can make a casket move without touching it


  6. Keese

    Bring on the playoffs and more teams. I wish that day would get here. I don’t believe the notion it will diminish the regular season….fans are already bored with bowl games and regular season cupcakes.


  7. Mayor of Dawgtown

    This committee is going to be the biggest cluster-f#ck in the history of CFB before it is over. The committee will NOT let 2 teams from the same conference in the playoff no matter what their rankings may be. That is the raison d’etre for its existence. The SEC will be lucky to get the SEC Champion in the 4 team playoff if that team has a loss. Look for an undefeated tOSU, an undefeated USC, an undefeated FSU, an undefeated ND and an undefeated Texas or an undefeated champ of any of their conferences to all be in future playoffs before a 1 loss SEC Champ regardless of what the polls say.


    • The Lone Stranger

      Probably most of this will come to pass to assuage the “masses” and demographic optimization of the profit model. Alas, UGa’s best chance at the big Waterford peanut came and died at the 5-yard line hostage to a split second hesitation by a freshman RB. Damn.


    • uglydawg

      …I wish I could argue with you Mayor, but I believe you’re right on this.


  8. Dog in Fla

    “We have a lot of things to iron out.”

    Which is why they intend to bring in the Iron Maiden