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WVU AD Oliver Luck: Playoff Selection Committee Brings Human Element

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – When the College Football Playoff selection committee begins its work in 2014, West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck will have a seat at the table. He tells Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan’s Vinnie & Cook what his new side job will entail.

“The system that will be in place in 2014 is an improvement on the BCS system,” Luck says. “Like the BCS was an improvement on what we had in the past, with writers crowning mythical national champions. I think this is a good step, and I’m just happy to be a part of it.”

Luck thinks the committee will add a human element, which he believes will be an improvement on the process of deciding a national champion.

“We won’t be as reliant on computers,” he says. “Nothing wrong with computers, we all live with them. I’m not a Luddite, I embrace technology. It allows us to look at some issues that computers simply can’t comprehend. What people seem to have wanted in the BCS era was some human element, and that’s what this is. I think it’s going to work very well because it’s based on a model that’s worked pretty successfully over the years with the basketball committees.”

The committee still has some procedures to iron out, Luck admits.

“Our job is to check our allegiances at the door. I would have to recuse myself if I were directly associated with a school. But those two words–‘directly associated’–have to be discussed further. Obviously, in my case, I’d have to recuse myself if West Virginia were in the conversation. But how about where I went to law school? Or how about Stanford, where my son went to school? Or should Archie [Manning] recuse himself if Tennessee is being discussed because of Peyton? We’ll tackle a lot of those issues at our first face-to-face meeting next month.”

Luck also looks at what criterion the committee will be looking at, updates life for the Mountaineers in the Big 12, and reveals whether there has been any progress towards putting the Backyard Brawl back on the schedule. For those thoughts, listen to the complete interview below!

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