Herb Deromedi, the winningest football coach in Mid-American Conference and Central Michigan University history, was named today as one of four new members on the NCAA College Football Playoff Selection Committee.
Deromedi, the first member with MAC ties, will serve a three-year term on the 13-member committee that ranks the top 25 teams and determines matchups for the four-team football playoff and other top bowl games.
He was selected by MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher to be put in front of the College Football Playoff administration, made up of all 10 Football Bowl Subdivision commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick.
"I'm humbled to have this opportunity," Deromedi said. "Football has been a significant part of my life. This gives me an opportunity to be involved in its rich history and with its ongoing history. Being part of that selection process to determine the national champion is very meaningful."
Also named to the selection committee on Thursday was former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, former Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower and current Oregon Athletics Director Rob Mullens.
Deromedi, who was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007, started at CMU in 1967 as an assistant coach under Roy Kramer. He succeeded Kramer as head coach in 1978 and compiled a 110-55-10 record, including 90 MAC victories. His teams earned three MAC titles and beat Michigan State in 1991 and 1992. Deromedi is also a member of the CMU Athletic Hall of Fame (2000), the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame (2004) and the MAC Hall of Fame (2012).
He left coaching after the 1993 season to become the director of athletics at CMU for 12 years, and he previously served on the NCAA Football Issues Committee and is a former chair of the NCAA Football Rules Committee. His tenure was highlighted by an extensive upgrade of the campus's athletic facilities, 34 MAC championships and eight MAC Institutional Academic Achievement Awards in a nine-year span.
"Herb Deromedi has been an ambassador for CMU for decades, and he brings three powerful traits to this committee," CMU Director of Athletics Dave Heeke said. "He's been an outstanding coach, a nationally recognized administrator, and he remains passionate and engaged with the game on a national level."
Deromedi said he watches televised games – from coast to coast -- during the week and on weekends.
"I'm eager to share with the other committee members and hear their viewpoints," Deromedi said. "That's what the job entails, to represent football for the entire country, not just one specific area."
Deromedi and the rest of the College Football Playoff selection committee will meet weekly beginning in late October or early November to produce rankings. The committee meets again during selection weekend for a final ranking. This year's final rankings had Clemson on top followed by Alabama, Michigan State and Oklahoma. Alabama and Clemson advanced to the title game, won by Alabama, 45-40.
The committee is made up of well-known personalities in and out of college football. Former Wisconsin coach and current Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez is on the panel. So is Stanford professor and former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Kirby Hocutt, the Texas Tech athletic director, was named chairman of the committee earlier this month. Also on the committee: Tom Jernstedt, the former NCAA executive vice president; Bobby Johnson, former coach at Vanderbilt and Furman; Jeff Long, vice chancellor and director of athletics at Arkansas-Fayetteville; Dan Radakovich, director of athletics at Clemson; Steve Wieberg, former USA Today reporter and Tyrone Willingham, former coach at Stanford, Washington and Notre Dame.
Retired CMU coach Kramer, who now lives in Tennessee, maintains regular contact with his former staffer and says Deromedi will have no problem fitting in with the committee.
"The committee needs people with strong football backgrounds, and that's certainly true with Herb," Kramer said.
Kramer chuckled when the subject turned to Deromedi receiving "advice" from friends and fans of college football on where teams should be ranked.
"Oh, he'll handle it," Kramer said. "He was a coach for a long time, and unsolicited advice just goes with the territory."
Reprinted from cmuchippewas.com