Florida AD Scott Stricklin discusses new role on College Football Playoff selection committee


GAINESVILLE, Fla.  — Florida’s Scott Stricklin will be one of just five active athletic directors on the College Football Playoff selection committee the next time the sport’s postseason is set.

If the Gators were to elevate fast under new coach Dan Mullen, Stricklin would have to remove himself from any discussions involving Florida’s ranking or playoff consideration, but that’s a situation he obviously would welcome.

“My goal is to have to recuse myself, because as I understand it you’re not able to be in the room as your team is discussed,” he said.

Otherwise, Stricklin will now be one of the most influential voices in the sport during his three-year term as part of the 13-member selection committee that must make the tough decisions on picking the final four teams for the playoff as well as assigning teams to the New Year’s bowls.

Meeting with reporters Saturday for the first time since the new committee additions were announced a couple weeks earlier, Stricklin called his new role “a huge honor.”

“That’s exciting, that I’m going to get to be a part of that process,” he said. “From the outside, like you guys looking in, often there are some controversial decisions and judgments that have to be made. So I’m always aware that people that actually make decisions probably have a lot more information than those of us on the outside looking at the decision, the outcome of the decision. So I’m curious to get in the room and actually hear and listen and see what all goes into making those decisions. I’ll have to watch a lot of football.”

Stricklin does not anticipate having to miss any Florida football games in the process, except for perhaps the SEC Championship Game should the Gators have that opportunity. The committee meets in Dallas that same weekend, but again, that’s a dilemma Stricklin would welcome if it means the Gators are surging under Mullen.

He may lose some of his already limited free time, though, having to keep up on the other teams around the country.

“I don’t know that I’ll watch any more, because I watch a lot now, but there will probably be some teams that in the past I might just have kept up with what they were doing that I will probably grab the edited version of their game and sit and watch it for 45 minutes,” he said. 

Stricklin replaces former Arkansas AD Jeff Long as the SEC’s representative. He shared with fans in a Reddit AMA chat last week that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey approached him about becoming the new conference rep.

Stricklin said he’s talked with Long about what to expect.

“Everyone in that room does a really good job of kind of setting aside who they’re representing and try to do what’s best for college football and find the four best teams,” Stricklin said. “They say that a lot, but from what I can tell that really is the priority. Obviously our league is always represented or has been represented because we’ve got really good teams. I don’t anticipate the quality of the teams in the SEC going down any time soon, so I imagine we’ll continue to have opportunities to discuss SEC teams.”

The committee had a tough decision this past season deciding the fourth and final playoff spot between Alabama and Ohio State. With Georgia also in the playoff, the committee faced some judgment for choosing a second SEC team in Alabama, but it proved to be a sound decision as the Crimson Tide defeated the Bulldogs for the national championship.

Stricklin is active on Twitter and is already bracing for the certain backlash that will come his way for whatever decisions the committee makes next season.

“Oh, absolutely. That’s one of the surefire things about being in a position where people care passionately. You’re going to have some people who don’t agree with what you do,” he said. “I don’t know that’s it any different than being athletic director except there might be some people from other schools who jump in this time.”

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