CLEMSON – The 13-member selection committee for the 2014 college football playoff was announced today, which revealed one of the worst kept secrets around TigerTown: Clemson AD Dan Radakovich’s place on the panel.
He is one of five current athletic directors among the group, which also includes chairman Jeff Long (Arkansas).
Radakovich says his career stretching back to his days on the gridiron have molded him for the job.
"The time that I've spent in college athletics, a lot of it centers on college football," Radakovich said in a school release. "I was a football student-athlete and a student coach as well when I was in college. It's really a great honor to be involved in this committee.
"It's a very prestigious committee. There are great representatives from throughout the country with the singular focus of putting the best four teams out there for a college football playoff."
The year-to-year committee composition will be made up of five areas: former coaches, former athletes, administrators, journalists and current ADs.
Notables who made the list this time around include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese, former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne, and former NFL and Mississippi quarterback Archie Manning.
In 2014, the group will meet to decide the four best teams and pair them No. 1 versus No. 4 and No. 2 versus No. 3 in a playoff semifinals. The neutral site semis will be held at the Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.) and Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, La.) en route to the title game in AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Tx.).
Term limits for the committee aren’t set, but the release put out by the group set it at around three years. Their criteria for selection is still pretty open-ended, but among the areas they cited were win-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head results and conference championships. They will announce periodic top 25 rankings during the season, but each ranking will start from scratch.
"It's going to be a lot of work," the Clemson AD admitted, "but anything worthwhile whether on your campus or in your personal life tends to be a lot of work. I'm really looking forward to the challenge and representing college football and bringing forward the best four teams to be able to challenge and compete for a national championship in January of 2014."