West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck raised eyebrows when he told a national radio show that the 13-person College Football Playoff selection committee was "shying away from using most deserving" when picking the playoff’s four teams and instead focusing on finding the "best" teams.
So what’s the difference? It’s a matter of language, Luck told FOX Sports Southwest on Thursday.
"At the end of the day we’re going to pick the four best teams. ‘Most deserving’ is a pejorative term. The committee is right not to use that at as a standard," Luck said. "That’s just splitting hairs."
Luck’s explanation ought to quell some concern that the committee would rely on the infamous "eye test" over teams who have quantifiably achieved the most during the season, but until the committee actually does what it was assembled to do, questions about the process will abound.
The group is set to meet in mid-August for the first time since late in the spring semester. Luck said the committee "hasn’t done much" during the summer. How much time per week is etched out in Luck’s schedule to watch football during the season?
"I don’t know. It will be a lot, let’s just say that," he said. "I wouldn’t put an hourly number on it. The last thing I want to do is keep a diary of all the games I’ll be watching. I think it’ll be a lot and it’ll be a lot for all the other committee members."