Report: Condoleezza Rice to be part of football playoff selection committee
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to be part of the selection committee that will pick the teams for the College Football Playoff next year, a source told The Associated Press
The Associated Press
NEW YORK – Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to be part of the selection committee that will pick the teams for the College Football Playoff next year, a person with direct knowledge of the process told The Associated Press.
Retired quarterback Archie Manning; former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese; retired Lt. Gen. Michael Gould, the former Air Force Academy superintendent; and former NCAA executive Tom Jernstedt, who worked with the basketball tournament selection committee, also are expected to be part of the new 12-to-18-member football panel, the source said Friday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the selection process is ongoing.
The committee is expected to be comprised of current athletic directors and former college athletic administrators and coaches. The playoff will replace the Bowl Championship Series, which is in its final season after years of criticism and controversy.
The committee will select the top four teams to play in national semifinals. The winners will play for the national championship.
Rice already has a link to sports — and a green jacket.
Last year, she and business executive Darla Moore became the first two female members of Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, home of the Masters.
BCS executive director Bill Hancock declined to confirm the names.
“The process is not finished,” Hancock said. “And we’re in a very good place. When it is finished, we will announce the names of the members.”
The commissioners are scheduled to meet Nov. 11 in Washington, D.C.
The names of several candidates already have been reported, including USC athletic director Pat Haden, Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck and Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long.
ESPN.com first reported Tranghese and Manning were expected to join the committee.
Rice, 58, a professor of political economy at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, has made no secret of being a sports fan — college and pro. She frequently attends Stanford athletic events and has been a volunteer coach for the golf team.
Northwestern to host Ohio State
EVANSTON, Ill. – Fourth-ranked Ohio State visits No. 16 Northwestern on Saturday night in a game that features one team looking to extend the nation’s longest active winning streak and another seeking a signature victory.
What better way to do it than with a national TV audience watching the game on ABC?
“It’s why we come to Ohio State,” Buckeyes defensive lineman Michael Bennett said. “Big games, night games are awesome. We play really well on the road. I don’t how many places can say they have back-to-back night games which are huge games.”
The Buckeyes (5-0 overall, 1-0 Big Ten Conference) have won 17 straight since dropping four in a row to close the 2011 season and are eyeing a national championship after going undefeated in coach Urban Meyer’s first year. They were banned from a bowl game last season because of NCAA sanctions stemming from a tattoo scandal.
Northwestern (4-0, 0-0) went 10-3 last season and won a bowl game for the first time since the 1948 squad captured the Rose Bowl. Beating Ohio State would be another big plus for coach Pat Fitzgerald’s program.
The last time Northwestern knocked off a top-five opponent, Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House. The Wildcats opened the 1959 season with a victory over No. 2 Oklahoma and took out No. 5 Iowa a week later, but they haven’t beaten a team ranked that high since then.
Running back Venric Mark is expected back for the Wildcats after missing three games with a lower-body injury. He rushed for 1,366 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.
• Brigham Young, listed as a six-point underdog by oddsmakers, routed host Utah State 31-14.
Taysom Hill threw three touchdown passes to Mitch Mathews. Hill completed 17 of 31 passes for 278 yards.
• Quarterback Quinn Kaehler threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Eric Judge in overtime and San Diego State outscored visiting Nevada 51-44.
Nevada trailed 44-23 in the fourth quarter.
• Because of ankle injuries, left tackle Torian White will miss the rest of UCLA’s season and tailback Jordon James is doubtful for next week’s home game against California. They were injured in Thursday’s 34-27 victory at Utah.
James entered the game as the No. 5 rusher in the nation.