"The plan right now, I think, is each of the sitting ADs will be assigned to a particular conference and they're going to be the subject matter experts there," Luck said. "My understanding is I wouldn't be assigned the Big 12, but maybe the Pac-12 and I'd become on expert on that and maybe Conference USA.
"Then as we go into discussions, if there is a question about Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, whatever, or someone in C-USA, I'd be the one to address it."
The grand responsibility has been whittled. The committee members don't have to watch full games. They don't have to cover the entire nation. When they have questions or are innocently unaware, they can defer to a designated expert.
Every member is going to have to make tough decisions, though, which explains why the committee includes a former Secretary of State, a former superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy, a former NCAA executive vice president who basically ran the NCAA Tournament's selection process and a former conference commissioner who rebuilt the Big East before his successor let it fall to pieces.
They're all going to have to decide between Nos. 4 and 5, Nos. 12 and 13, Nos. 25 and 26 and those games are played on paper and not on the field. There are data points the committee will use and value, but it sounds like it will allow for individuality. It sounds like it will let the members come up with their own answers their own way. It sounds like they'll create a mosaic where a variety of people do their work differently and reach a conclusion.
Luck has some preferences, things that have to be included in the process, like schedule strength, head-to-head results, scoring offense and scoring defense, but he'll value other things that others might not. Turnover ratio, scoring differential and more particular measures of a team's success will be atop his list.
Some of those elements may soon be weighted or devalued, and the committee meets next month in Washington, D.C., to start to cement things. Maybe the biggest item, though, won't concern how the teams are picked, but rather who is picking them. There's still a big question about the constitution of this committee.
"The issue is when a member should recuse himself or herself because of being 'directly associated' with a school," Luck said. "We need to determine what it means to be directly associated.
"I have a direct association with West Virginia, but think of all the coaches and all the administrators who have been at other places. They may have spouses or siblings or offspring who are working at another university. Are they directly associated? That's something we have to determine because it's an important variable."
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