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Clemson AD to Recuse Himself of CFP talk

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Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich will have to bow out of of putting together the College Football Playoff’s initial rankings set for November 3. You see, with Clemson being undefeated and ranked among the top four teams in the most recent AP poll, it will surely be in the mix for the College Football Playoff.

If the Tigers beat North Carolina State on Saturday, they would be 8-0 and surely be one of several candidates in the discussion for the coveted top four spots in the CFP rankings. While none of last season’s committee had a major conflict of interest, this year’s committee is presented with a unique dilemma.

Andrea Anderson of ESPN.com said that while members of the committee had to rescue themselves last year, no members of the committee were linked to teams that were playoff contenders like Clemson is this year.

More from Andrea Anderson of ESPN.com:

CFP executive director Bill Hancock said Monday that the recusal policy worked perfectly last season and that he expects the same should Clemson remain a playoff contender.
“They view it as a national event,” Hancock said. “They don’t participate in any vote involving their team. They’re not there for discussion of their team, so the other members are free to say whatever’s on their mind. The recusal part of this is extremely important, and we adhere to it 100 percent.”

Prior to this season, the CFP committee reiterated its stance when it comes to conflicts of interest when it said, “A recused member shall not participate in any votes involving the team from which the individual is recused.”

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