Alvarez, Osborne named to Playoff Selection Committee

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The College Football Playoff announced Wednesday the 13 members of its selection committee that will pick the four teams to participate in a coming playoff in 2014.

Selection committee members with Big Ten ties are Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez and former Nebraska A.D. Tom Osborne. Arkansas A.D. Jeff Long is the chair of the committee.

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“We wanted people of the highest integrity for this committee, and we got them,” said Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff. “Every one of them has vast football knowledge, excellent judgment, dedication and love for this game. They will no doubt have one of the hardest jobs in sports. But their skills and wide variety of experiences from coaches and athletes to university leaders and journalists will ensure that they will be successful. And they are committed to investing the time and effort necessary for this endeavor. We are grateful that they will be serving this terrific game of college football.”

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