Swinney ‘excited’ Radakovich on playoff selection committee

Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney, right, welcomes Dan Radakovich as Clemson's new athletic director at a press conference last October. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail)

Dabo Swinney seemed to confirm reports that his boss and Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich will be part of the yet-to-be-announced College Football Playoff selection committee.

“I’m excited Dan’s on it. I think that’s a great compliment to Dan and his skill set,” Swinney said. “He’s got great knowledge and awareness of the big picture. I think he’ll bring a lot to the table.”

Soon after Swinney’s weekly press conference Tuesday, Clemson associate athletic director Tim Bourret stated to reporters Swinney was only speaking based on what he’d heard in media reports, and his comments were not a confirmation of Radakovich’s appointment.

However, Radakovich has been sourced by multiple organizations as the ACC’s representative on the committee that will determine the four teams qualifying for the college football playoff beginning with the 2014 season. Other reported names include Southern Cal athletic director Pat Haden, West Virginia AD Oliver Luck, Arkansas AD Jeff Long and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

“I like a lot of the people they got on there, seems like they’ve got a good group,” Swinney said. “I’d love to be a fly on that wall when they really get down to it.”

This would not be the first entrance to national committees for Radakovich, in his first year leading Clemson’s athletic department after coming from Georgia Tech. He joined the newly formed NCAA advisory council to assist NCAA president Mark Emmert in June.

Radakovich has not spoken with reporters since the beginning of the season.

The full committee is expected to be announced Nov. 11.

Generally speaking about the committee, Swinney was asked who constitutes a quality candidate.

“Somebody that really pays attention to the game and is involved and studies it, and knows their stuff,” Swinney said. “You want people passionate about getting it right, people that have high character, high integrity, because when you think about a committee like that, there’s going to be politics. Anytime you’ve got people involved with something, there’s outside influences and all that kind of stuff.”

Swinney has said he would have supported keeping the BCS formula to calculate the final four teams at season’s end.

“Personally, I never understood why didn’t we just keep what we had, as far as the BCS and the formula that they had,” Swinney said. “Everybody had kind of figured it out, alright, here’s the top four, and roll with that. Keep the people out of it. But they decided to go this route.”

The committee is expected to end up between 12 and 18 individuals, including one athletic director from each power conference.

Rice’s reported involvement set off a social media firestorm within the past few days, when comments by College GameDay analyst David Pollack and former Auburn coach Pat Dye seemed to hint their displeasure with her selection as a woman. Rice is a noted Stanford fan.

“There’s a lot of great coaches out there who didn’t play the game, but they’ve studied the game, they’ve been around the game, they’ve developed and grown just like anything,” Swinney said. “You don’t necessarily have to have played. Heck, (Clemson offensive coordinator) Chad Morris didn’t play college ball. He’s a pretty good coach. So that stuff is a little overrated. If you’re passionate about something and you’re studying it, and you do your research, you know what you’re talking about.”