College Football Playoff Selection Committee Doesn't Need Ex-Coaches

By Chris Hengst

Various retired college football coaches expressed interest in serving on a potential selection committee that would choose the participants of the Final Four. If I may steal the concise and unflappably true line from Samir in Office Space, “this is horrible, this idea.”

Bobby Bowden, Vince Dooley, Phil Fulmer and Gene Stallings are appreciated for their contributions to many a fall Saturday. But aside from booster events and memoirs, I’d rather they avoid weighing in on college football’s postseason.

If the four men listed above combined with a couple of former players and an ex-administrator or two comprise the most important collection of decision-makers in the sport, consider me a dinosaur proponent of the BCS status quo.

No matter of objectivity will prevail should those coaches sit in on a meeting where Alabama and Tennessee are fighting for the wild card spot in a hypothetical three conference champions, one at-large format. Would Bowden like sticking it to Florida if the Gators and Seminoles qualify for the same berth?

Where computer formulas and the Harris Poll currently frustrate a legion of Boise State supporters, how is a group of coaches from elite schools with a penchant for traditional powerhouses any better?

It’s not but those men know, understand and follow the game more than the group of writers or Associated Press credentials that likely end up on this selection committee.

So that’s where the line blurs. Students, masters and doctors in the education of college football with statues on campuses and the colors of their respective schools forever ingrained in them possess an objectivity problem. And the scribes or algorithms with nary a subjective issue fail to please the suits running athletic departments.

The latter faction seems destined to earn the seats that matter should a selection committee even pass the muster of conference commissioners. With Big 12 and Big Ten support, that’s probably the call rather than some new, confusing, disjointed formula nothing more than a BCS Part Two.

But for the sanity of the sport, coaches with an agenda whether they want to believe one exists or not, need not be involved.

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