Published Saturday, October 5, 2013 AT 5:38 PM / Updated at 6:45 PM
Reports: Tom Osborne to be on College Football Playoff selection committee
Big Red Today Omaha World-Herald

Former Nebraska football coach and Athletic Director Tom Osborne has been asked to be a member of College Football Playoff selection committee, according to reports.

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy posted a Twitter message Saturday indicating that Osborne, a former Nebraska congressman and The World-Herald’s 2012 Midlander of the Year, would be among the group responsible for choosing college football’s top four teams for a spot in the playoff, which will first take place following the 2014-15 season.

The Associated Press reported Saturday evening that a person with knowledge of the process said Osborne has been asked to be part of the panel. The report did not indicate whether he had accepted the invitation.

The committee will choose teams “based on their performance during the regular season, including strength of schedule, head-to-head results, championships won and other factors,” according to the playoff website.

Bill Hancock, executive director of the Bowl Championship Series and the new College Football Playoff, provided an update on Sept. 25, noting that there are “several remaining issues to be discussed with potential members” and that vetting continues to be done so that the committee consists of “the right people.”

According to a previous Associated Press report, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Air Force Academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Michael Gould and former NCAA executive Tom Jernstedt are expected to be part of the new 12-to-18 member panel. Other names mentioned include Southern California athletic director Pat Haden, Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, West Virginia athletic director Olive Luck, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long, former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese, former Mississippi and New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning and former college football coach Tyrone Willingham.

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