The College Football Playoff dominates the headlines for Thursday, May 1, 2014.
• College Football Playoff recusal policy: Jeremy Fowler, CBSSports.com
Various details of the College Football Playoff process were revealed on Wednesday, including the recusal policy for selection committee members. Jeremy Fowler reports “money is about the only thing that will force a committee member to leave a room and relinquish voting power.” In other words, a committee member is only expected to recuse himself or herself from deliberation if he/she receives a paycheck from the university being discussed. Thus, Condoleezza Rice can vote for Stanford, or former Nebraska head coach Tom Osborne for the Cornhuskers.
As George Schroeder of USA Today writes, that’s sure to generate more controversy.
— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) May 1, 2014
• Conference realignment scorecard: Matt Brown, Sports on Earth Sports on Earth’s Matt Brown gives a quick primer on the conference realignment shake-ups in store for the 2014 season, as well as a ranking of the recent changes. Spoiler: Realignment has been great for SEC members, but not so great for the Pac-12. • SEC 8-game schedule met with mixed reactions The SEC will continue to play an 8-game conference schedule, the Associated Press reported on Sunday. An interesting caveat is league is encouraging competitive out-of-conference scheduling in place of a ninth SEC game. With other member of the College Football Playoff’s “group of five” either maintaining or moving to a 9-game conference schedule, the SEC’s commitment to eight games drew differing opinions. Internally, some concerns were assuaged:
Les Miles: 8 game schedule with rotating divisional opponents was the proper way to do the schedule. . Instead of annual inequity.
— Dr. SEC (@thedrsec) April 30, 2014
Externally, consternation prevails:
Oregon State coach Mike Riley on SEC playing 8 conference games vs. Pac-12 9.”I don’t think it’s right. There’s got to be some equity here.”
— ESPN Pac-12 (@ESPN_Pac12blog) May 1, 2014
• Ranking FBS head coaches: Matt Hayes, Sporting News
Each of the 128 FBS head coaches is ranked. Nick Saban is No. 1. Roll Tide.