Joe Castiglione and Frank Beamer will be recused from OU playoff discussions
Come late October, the College Football Playoff committee will start convening. And every time the Sooners are the topic of discussion, two committee members will have to leave the room.
The committee’s protocol is that anyone who is employed by an institution or has a family member employed by an institution is required to recuse themselves from discussions concerning that school’s football team.
OU athletic director Joe Castiglione is in his first year on the committee, and naturally, Joe C. must exit when the Sooners are discussed.
But Frank Beamer must go, too. The long-time Virginia Teach coach retired after the 2016 season and was on the playoff committee last season. Beamer was free to talk about the Sooners a year ago, but not Georgia. His son, Shane Beamer, was on the Georgia staff in 2017. But now Shane Beamer is on Lincoln Riley’s staff, meaning the committee will be two men down when it comes to Oklahoma talk.
The other recusals have been set for the committee.
Paola Boivin, former Arizona Republic columnist, now is an Arizona State University professor and will be barred from discussing the Sun Devils.
Herb Deromedi, retired Central Michigan coach, will be barred from discussing the Chippewas.
Scott Stricklin, Florida athletic director, will be barred from discussing the Gators.
Todd Stansbury, Georgia Tech athletic director, will be barred from discussing the Yellow Jackets.
Gene Smith, Ohio State athletic director, will be barred from discussing the Buckeyes, though unknown is what happens to Smith, or the recusal policy, if Ohio State cuts ties with Smith in the wake of the current Urban Meyer scandal.
Jeff Bower, retired Southern Miss coach, will be barred from discussing the Golden Eagles, because he still receives compensation from USM.
Here is the committee’s recusal policy: “"A recused member is permitted to answer only factual questions about the institution from which the member is recused but shall not be present during any deliberations regarding that team's selection or seeding. Recused members shall not participate in discussions regarding the placement of the recused team into a bowl game. If a committee member or an immediate family member, e.g., spouse, sibling or child, (a) is compensated by a school, (b) provides professional services for a school, or (c) is on the coaching staff or administrative staff at a school or is a football student-athlete at a school, that member will be recused. Such compensation shall include not only direct employment, but also current paid consulting arrangements, deferred compensation (e.g., contract payments continuing after employment has ended) or other benefits. The committee will have the option to add other recusals if special circumstances arise."
Committee members who won’t be recused are Ken Hatfield, former coach at Clemson, Arkansas and Rice; Chris Howard, Robert Morris University president; Bobby Johnson, former head coach at Vanderbilt; and former Southern Cal and San Francisco 49ers star Ronnie Lott.