Perlman Accepts Role as Lightning Rod
This week, Sports Illustrated published their list of the 50 most powerful people in sports. Interestingly, the list ranked Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney above NCAA president Mark Emmert. Perhaps then, it's no surprise that the new chair of the BCS playoff committee would come from the Big Ten. University of Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman will take the reins of the committee that will determine who is selected to appear annually in the playoffs.
You can expect that the playoff selection will continue to be a televised Sunday event. Whether it's basketball or the current BCS, these broadcasts feature a fair amount of commentary about who's in and who's out. Invariably, people cry foul about an undeserving team that was picked or a deserving team that wasn't. You can bet that the man on the hot seat for these selections will be Perlman.
Still, you'd have to think it's an advantage for Nebraska to have their man in charge. If Nebraska is right on the fringe, he could be the tipping point. Even if the committee adopts the current basketball protocol, where he must leave the room when NU is discussed, his fellow committee members will have some incentive not to make things uncomfortable by leaving out his team.
Of course, there could be some interesting fireworks in the room. Also on the committee will be University of Texas president Bill Powers. No love lost there.
If Perlman wasn't already a somewhat well-known figure in college sports, he surely will be now. For better or worse, Perlman now becomes the face of the BCS selection committee.