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Stanford's David Shaw and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio have built powerhouse teams over the last few years, and so far they've both stuck around when bigger football powers with deeper pockets came calling.
The most scrutinized committee in sports has been set. The members say they'll need thick skin, plenty of time and the ability to leave their loyalties behind to pick the four teams that will play for college football's national title next year.
Rice, former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne and College Football Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning are among the 13 people who will be part of the College Football Playoff selection committee in 2014. The committee was officially unveiled Wednesday.
The committee will pick the four teams to play in the national semifinals. The winners will play about a week later for the national championship.
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long will be the first chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee, and the rest of the 13-member panel that will decide which teams play for the 2014 national championship will be officially revealed Wednesday.
Tyrone Willingham, the former coach at Notre Dame, Washington and Stanford, is expected to be on the College Football Playoff selection committee next year, and former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne has also been asked to be part of the panel, a person with knowledge of the process told The Associated Press.
Turning a downtrodden college football program around has many rewards, including bowl appearances, but it also places a target on those who helped shape the upswing.
The postgame roars from Notre Dame's locker room echoed right through the Coliseum's thick cement walls and metal beams Saturday night, moving around the 89-year-old arena like a long-absent force of nature.
That sound emanating from South Bend this week isn't the echoes of past greatness waking up. It's the knees of everyone with a stake in Notre Dame football knocking together. It's been a long time since they had anything to be nervous about.