NEW YORK Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to be part of the selection committee that will pick the teams for the college football playoff next year, a person with direct knowledge of the process said.
Former Mississippi and New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning; former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese; retired Lt. Gen. Michael Gould, the former Air Force Academy superintendent; and former NCAA executive Tom Jernstedt, who worked with the basketball tournament selection committee, also are expected to be part of the new 12- to 18-member football panel, the person said Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the selection process is still ongoing.
The committee is expected to be comprised of current athletic directors and former college athletic administrators and coaches. The playoff will replace the BCS, which is in its final season. The committee will select the top four teams to play in national semifinals. The winners will play for the national championship.
Though she has never worked in college athletics, Rice frequently attends Stanford athletic events and meets with many of the athletes, including football players being recruited by the school. She's also been a volunteer coach for the golf team. Rice is a professor of political economy at Stanford's Graduate School of Business.
UCLA Left tackle Torian White will miss the rest of No. 12 UCLA's season because of a badly injured right ankle.
Bruins tailback Jordon James also is doubtful for next week's home game with his own ankle injury, coach Jim Mora said.
Those two key injuries during a 34-27 victory Thursday at Utah dampened Mora's excitement over another gritty performance by UCLA (4-0, 1-0 Pacific-12 Conference), which is off to its best start to a season since 2005.
Cal Jared Goff admitted his confidence was a bit shaken when the freshman quarterback was benched in the first quarter of last week's loss to No. 2 Oregon.
Goff, who began his college career by becoming just the second player in school history to throw for more than 400 yards in back-to-back games, fumbled twice in the rain and completed only 3 of 6 passes before Bears coach Sonny Dykes made the switch to redshirt freshman Zach Kline.
The two quarterbacks split time with Cal's first-team offense in practice this week, but Dykes said Goff will be back in the lineup today when the Bears (1-3, 0-1 Pac-12) host Washington State (3-2, 1-1).
"It took me a day to get my confidence back," Goff said. "Sunday was a little rough for me. But after that I was fine."
NCAA The NCAA tweaked its new targeting rule by requiring officials to immediately review whether players should be ejected, but it still will not allow them to reverse the 15-yard penalty that comes with the call.
The NCAA put the rule in place this season in an attempt to prevent head injuries.