Everything that’s bullshit about the playoff selection committee, in one anecdote:
With No. 3 Louisville (3-0) moving up the rankings after its 63-20 win against Florida State last week, that makes it possible Long could sit in on committee discussions about including the Cardinals — led by former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino — in the Playoff.
They are discussions Long said on Wednesday before a meeting of the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club that he won’t recuse himself from, despite the fact he fired Petrino in 2012. The coach wrecked his motorcycle, leading to revelations of a mistress who worked in the athletic department.
“No, there’s no reason for me to recuse myself,” Long said. “I think Louisville is a fine football program, and they demonstrated that after three weeks of the season. We’ve got six more weeks before we rank a group of teams.”
Members of the committee recuse themselves from the selection process when their own schools or conflicts of interest arise.
When asked if he was concerned about the perception of a lack of objectivity concerning Petrino, Long simply said, “No.”
Now, on one level, an accusation of partiality here is silly. Long had no choice but to cut ties with Petrino after his misbehavior came to light.
But ask yourself this: if Louisville narrowly misses a shot at the semi-finals, in part because Jeff Long decides it’s not one of the four best teams in the country, you don’t think there’s going to be plenty of yelling and finger pointing about his motives? It may not be fair, but it’ll certainly be fodder for every talking head bringing up references to Caesar’s wife in December.
You may not have liked the BCS computers, but at least nobody could accuse them of getting emotional about anything.