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Hancock said term limits for committee members will eventually be three years, but that will not be the case for all the current members because they do not want to replace the whole committee at once.

“We haven’t worked out the stagger yet,” Hancock said.

Committee members will recuse themselves when a team they have a direct relationship with comes up, and they will be allowed to “examine whatever data they believe is relevant to inform their decisions,” Hancock said.

“No one single metric will be identified as paramount over all other data,” Hancock said.

Long said the committee likely will release four or five rankings during the season, starting around midseason, before the final decisions are made at the end of the regular season.

Rice was a surprising pick because she has never worked in college athletics. She is currently a professor at Stanford and was provost at the school before serving under President George W. Bush as national security adviser and secretary of state.

“Condi definitely earned her spot on this committee,” Hancock said. “She knows this game; she is a student of this game. Athletics reported to her at Stanford. She had to know the game. My conversation with her from the beginning was fascinating to me because it was clear from the start how well she knows the game and what a good, tremendous committee member she was going to be.

“Obviously, part of this is going to be the ability to make judgments under scrutiny, and Condi has that.”

Osborne is one of the most successful coaches in college football history. He won three national championships at Nebraska, was elected to Congress and later served as the school’s athletic director.

Manning, the father of Peyton and Eli, was a star quarterback for Mississippi and had a long NFL career, mostly with the New Orleans Saints.


AP Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins in Irving, Texas, contributed.