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Coaching legends want in on playoff selection
Bobby Bowden is one of a handful of coaches willing to serve on a selection committee to determine the top programs that should make up a college playoff. BCS officials are meeting this month to iron out the finer details of the playoff.
Bowden told ESPN, "I would be willing to serve on it. I think ex-coaches have a lot of wisdom. I watch the games. And I watch the game films on my iPad."
Bowden has been casting his vote in The Legends poll since 2009. The Legends poll is compromised of 17 retired head coaches and Bowden feels that these ex-coaches would be the most logical people to sit on a playoff selection committee.
"This Legends group is about as real a group as you can have. I voted for years as an active coach. But what you're really doing then is putting yourself and your conference in position. I used to have an idea of what was going on around me. But now I really have an idea of what's going on around the country. When we're retired, we all have a better view."
Former Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum, and former BYU coach LaVell Edwards echo that same sentiment.
"No person is better equipped to handle the pressure that would go with being on that committee than an ex-coach. We've seen a lot more pressure than being on a poll."
"It's a lot better than a computer. And it's a lot better than people who have never worked in the game. The system is flawed. We all want to do what we can to help preserve the integrity of the game." Slocum pleaded.
Edwards also explained how this scenario would be best for the game.
"This is not ballots being filled out by sports information directors. This is watching film and having in-depth discussions with people around the country. It's as close as anybody could come to being completely objective. Computer formulas with no transparency are no good. Former coaches have the ability to evaluate things like how a team is playing at a particular time."
According to Twitter, other coaches that have demonstrated interest (as of this morning) in being a part of a selection committee include Phil Fulmer, and Vince Dooley.