Jeff Long, you’re such a kidder.
Like the BCS rankings before them, the selection committee’s weekly rankings will be announced on an ESPN broadcast. Unlike the BCS, which presented its new standings each Sunday, the interim playoff rankings will be revealed on a half-hour show each Tuesday evening.
Long, who is expected to explain the committee’s reasoning each week on the same show, said TV was not a consideration in the decision to release weekly rankings.
They weren’t going to do it, really they weren’t. But then transparency got in the way.
“I think that (debate) is part of what makes college football, and I think that debate that goes on among fan bases and groups is healthy for the game of football,” Long said. “Early on, there was some thought that we would go into a room at the end of the season and come out with the top four, but that didn’t last very long.”
What changed? The playoff people say the decision to issue weekly rankings was made in the interests of transparency, even if it also happens to align with the interests of ESPN.
What a coincidence.
By the way, about that whole transparency thingy…
When the committee members were announced in October, Hancock called their task “one of the hardest jobs in sports.”
The committee members just made it a lot harder on themselves.
If they have one saving grace, however, it’s that we’ll never know their decisions because their ballots will be kept secret.
At least the coaches made their final regular season poll votes public.