When the idea of a blue-ribbon committee to pick college football’s FInal Four was first floated more than a year ago, it didn’t take long for Archie Manning’s name to come up.
And, indeed, it appears the former Ole Miss quarterback will be a member of the panel which will get to work in 2014.
It’s been widely reported that the 64-year-old Manning has been invited to join the College Football Playoff committee, which will choose the four teams to compete for the national championship starting next season.
This is the last year of the controversial BCS system for picking two teams to play in the national championship game.
The new panel is expected to have 12 to 18 members and it could be unveiled as soon as mid-November.
ESPN has reported that other members of the committee will include former coaches Tom Osborne and Tyrone Willingham, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long and former USA Today college writer Steve Wieberg.
At least one athletic director from each of the five major conferences – ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC – will be invited. No current coaches or conference commissioners will be involved.
“It’s an all-star cast,” an anonymous source told USA Today.
The most controversial name to emerge is that of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a Notre Dame graduate and a member of the Stanford faculty.
Dye not impressed
Former Auburn coach Pat Dye wasn’t impressed.
“All she knows about football is what somebody told her,” Dye said on an Alabama radio show. “To understand football, you’ve got to play with your hand in the dirt.”