AP: Condoleezza Rice expected on CFP selection committee

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Former Secretary of State Condi Rice is expected to be named to the CFP selection committee. (USATSI)
Former Secretary of State Condi Rice is expected to be named to the CFP selection committee. (USATSI)

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to be part of the College Football Playoff selection committee, the Associated Press reported on Friday.

You can add Rice to the ongoing list of likely committee members for the 12-18 person group that will determine the four participants in college football's new postseason tournament. CBSSports.com reported earlier this week that USC athletic director Pat Haden, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez and West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck will represent their respective conferences on the committee.

The process of selecting committee members is ongoing, Bill Hancock, executive director of the BCS and College Football Playoff, told CBSSports.com on Thursday. Hancock has said he hopes to have the full roster of the committee announce by the end of the regular season. It is said to include sitting athletic directors, former coaches, former players, former administrators and one former journalist.

As for Rice, Tony Barnhart suggested her addition to the committee back in May.

"This is my wild card to keep everybody in the room on their toes," Barnhart wrote. "If Dr. Rice could have had her pick of jobs after serving as Secretary of State, she would have been commissioner of the NFL. She knows football. She is also one of the newest members of the Augusta National Golf Club. Having her intellect and judgment in the room would be a plus."

The Associated Press also reported that "a former Air Force Academy superintendent and a former NCAA executive who worked with the basketball tournament" are expected to be included on the committee.

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