SEC schools submitting names for playoff committee consideration
by David Mitchell
May 29, 2013 | 4742 views |  0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DESTIN, Fla. — Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive asked athletics directors to submit names of individuals who could be considered for the College Football Playoff selection committee on Wednesday at the SEC meetings.

The list, which will be forwarded to CFP executive director Bill Hancock, has been requested from each of the nation’s conferences.

Hancock, who was on hand at the Sandestin Hilton where the meetings are taking place, said that he requested men of “integrity” for the list, and that was a common theme among athletic directors when asked who had come to mind.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said that he has submitted “one or two” names for consideration.

“I looked for someone who had coached the game before, played the game before, people of high integrity and honest, who wouldn’t be a homer, obviously,” McGarity said. “Everybody who has coached or played the game has some connection to an institution, so it would be someone of high integrity.”

The thought from the directors was that current commissioners and athletic directors would not be up for consideration.

“I think one of the biggest things is the integrity and the credibility,” said Florida AD Jeremy Foley, noting that credibility may be tarnished when it comes to current administrators. “When these names get published, you folks are saying, ‘You know something? That’s a good group.’”

Foley said that he submitted two names for consideration.

The committee, which will begin work in 2014, is expected to be comprised of around 20 members.

MALZAHN, JACOBS ON SAME PAGE AS GEORGIA: Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn echoed his support for the South’s oldest rivalry Wednesday, saying the annual game with cross-division rival Georgia is a prime concern in the scheduling talks.

“That’s very important,” he said. “One of the oldest rivalries in football. It’s important to our fans, and I know it’s important to our coaches and players, too.”

Athletics director Jay Jacobs shared Malzahn’s sentiments.

“There’s certain things about college football, just because you change something doesn’t mean it’s better,” Jacobs said. “So, the South’s oldest rivalry, that’s important. The other thing we have to continue to think about is the gameday experience. What brings our fans to campus? And certainly, our Auburn-Georgia rivalry is a big thing.”

Georgia coach Mark Richt spoke in favor of maintaining that rivalry Tuesday.

TARGET PRACTICE: One issue football coaches are trying to learn more about and discuss how it will be called going forward is the new rule passed by the NCAA that will eject a player for targeting.

Malzahn spoke Wednesday about how his team has prepared for the change.

“That’s where the game’s going,” he said. “You’ve got to coach it a little bit different. We did have someone kicked out of the spring game for targeting. I think it was good for us as coaches and players to actually see what the new rule is and you just have to coach it up differently.”

Most important, Malzahn said, is knowing what was legal.

“Your players and coaches have to know what a penalty is,” he said. “They have to know what warrants getting kicked out of a half for the next game or the second half. I think whatever the rules are, as long as it’s clear and you can coach it up and let your players know, I think you can live with it."
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