A selection committee composed of 12 to 18 retired coaches and other experts will select the top four teams for playoffs and assign them ranking as well as ranking the next group of teams to play in other new years’ bowls if berths are available. The selection committee and its protocol has not been finalized.
All 10 conferences are members of the new College Football Playoff entity, and all FBS teams, will have equal access to the playoff based on team performance. Computers will no longer control championship rankings.
Sharon Caliendo, of Norman, said she is happy to see the computers and BCS go.
“Compared to the BCS, I’m excited. I think it sounds like a good system,” Caliendo said. “I think it’ll be so much better and not as scattered.”
Reminiscing about his OU college days, Hancock, a ’72 journalism school graduate, attributed his success — Hancock has served as executive director of the NCAA Final Four and executive director of the BCS — and the success of college football to their ties to higher education.
“I owe my success to the start I got here (University of Oklahoma) and my many mentors like Jack Whittaker and Coach Fairbanks...We (the BCS) are convinced college football is successful because it’s an element of higher education. The role of athletics in education will always be important to college football,” Hancock said.
Such a connection will not be lost, Hancock said, in what he hopes will become a version of the Super Bowl.
“The playoffs will be similar but not identical to the Super Bowl because we will keep it in the context of higher education. We aren’t threatened by the Super Bowl, and they shouldn’t be threatened by us.”
Don Harral, OU alumni and friend of Hancock for 40 years, said it would be interesting to see how the playoff turns out.