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Report: College Football Playoff formulates selection committee recusal policy

College Football Playoff Members of the College Football Playoff Committee have discussed a recusal policy. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

Members of the College Football Playoff selection committee have discussed possible implementations of a recusal policy during team selection for some time. Now it appears that policy is taking shape in time for the committee's selection of the teams to participate in the postseason system's debut in 2014.

According to Dennis Dodd of, the selection committee has formulated a policy for members to recuse themselves from discussions involving schools they to which they are connected. The recusal policy was discussed during the meeting of the playoff's "Management Committee" at the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Grapevine, Texas. Those meetings concluded Thursday.

Neither College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock nor selection committee chair and Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long offered any details on the ongoing recusal discussions other than to say the topic has been discussed.

According to Dodd, the 13 members of the committee hold degrees from at least 20 separate universities. Dodd reports that the recusal policy might mirror that of the NCAA basketball selection committee.

It is believed the CFP recusal policy will be roughly similar to that of the NCAA's men's basketball committee. In basketball, administrators have to leave the room when a team they are connected with is discussed.
It is unclear what connections to universities would constitute grounds for recusal.

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