Playoff selection group to form likely by end of this season

Members of the selection committee for the College Football Playoff that starts next year will likely be chosen before the end of this regular season.

BCS executive director Bill Hancock said in a phone interview Wednesday that conference commissioners working on the selection committee have more vetting to do before the panel is set.

"There's a good chance it will be done by end of the regular season, but because we have some work to do I can't say for sure," he said after wrapping a meeting with the commissioners in Chicago. "We all feel good about where we are."

Hancock declined to say whether any the commissioners have had any outside help with the vetting process of potential committee members.

The panel will be similar to the one that selects the NCAA basketball tournament. The commissioners have said it will have 12 to 18 members. Hancock said the finally number will probably be closer to the low end of that range.

The committee will consists of current athletic directors, former college football players and coaches, former college athletics administrators and former members of the media.

Hancock said the plan in place calls for the selection committee to release rankings three to five times per season before selection Sunday.

"We know that the weekly BCS standings are great for the regular season," he said. "It only seems right to give the fans a snap shot during the regular season of how the teams stand."


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