CINCINNATI - When the college football season finally ends with a playoff field determined by human voters in 2014, the next step to the process will be transparency: How will the selection committee members be held accountable for their actions?
One possible solution is to have a media member in the room to monitor the committee’s proceedings, according to CBSSports.com . Having a media representative listening into the meeting would bring to light any biases in the committee and also would help to examine the factors, such as strength of schedule and head-to-head matchups, that are favored for playoff berths.
“I think it's a great opportunity for transparency,” said Bill Hancock, executive director of the Bowl Championship Series. “Maybe we have an ombudsman, maybe we have a writer come in. There are ground rules as to what you can write, but you're welcome to be in this room. I think we have a chance to do some really cool things.”
Under Hancock’s guidelines, having a writer in the room would not open the floodgates to an exposé about minute-by-minute proceedings, but it would allow the committee and the media to understand the other’s perspective better.
Initial reports indicate that the selection committee will comprise between 11 and 19 people with a member hailing from each of the 11 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences. If a media member were allowed to attend the selection meetings, it is unknown what affiliation that person would have. He or she might be an Associated Press sports writer, a voter in one of the national polls or any member of the Football Writers Association of America.
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