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Source: Condoleezza Rice on playoff panel

The School Soccer Playoff selection committee will have some star power as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will join former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and USC athletic director Pat Haden on the panel, sources told ESPN on Friday.

The fifty eight-year-old Rice, who makes no secret of being a school and professional sports activities fan, can be named to the committee when it is formally introduced subsequent month.

In addition, former Large East commissioner Mike Tranghese, athletic directors Barry Alvarez (Wisconsin), Jeff Long (Arkansas), Oliver Luck (West Virginia) and Dan Radakovich (Clemson), and former NCAA govt vice chairman Tom Jernstedt have been chosen to be on the committee, sources advised ESPN.

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Gould, the former Air Power Academy superintendent, can be on the committee as effectively, sources advised The Associated Press.

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AP Picture/Amy SancettaFormer Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice might be on the School Football Playoff choice committee when it’s announced next month, sources advised ESPN.

Sources beforehand advised ESPN that at least one athletic director from each of the five power conferences (ACC, Huge 12, Huge Ten, Pac-12 and SEC) can be represented on the committee.

The committee can be liable for deciding on the 4 teams that advance to the Faculty Football Playoff starting after the 2014 regular season, as well as ranking and placing at-giant groups within the noncontract New Yr’s Day bowls (Cotton, Fiesta and Chick-fil-A).

That is the ultimate yr of the BCS.

School Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock has mentioned the selection committee would include current athletic administrators, former players, coaches and administrators, and media members. Present commissioners and coaches is not going to be selected.

Hancock wouldn’t comment or verify any of the individuals named by ESPN but said: “We’re snug with where we are, but the course of is not finished.”

Rice’s choice was first reported by The Associated Press.¬†

Rice, who has never worked in school athletics, regularly attends Stanford athletic events and meets with lots of the athletes, together with football players being recruited by the varsity. She’s additionally been a volunteer coach for the golf group.

She was the national security adviser during President George W. Bush’s first time period and have become secretary of state in his second time period. She is now a professor of political economic system at Stanford’s Graduate College of Business.

The complete choice committee, anticipated to have between 12 and 18 members, and the sites for the 2016 and 2017 championship games are expected to be announced Nov. 11 in Washington, D.C.

Four communities bid for the 2016 sport: Glendale, Ariz.; Jacksonville, Fla.; New Orleans and Tampa, Fla. Six bid for the 2017 recreation: Jacksonville, Miami, Minneapolis, San Francisco, San Antonio and Tampa.

Information from ESPN.com’s Dana O’Neil and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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