Meet the Committee

Greg Seitz

Division I Football Committee chair and athletics director at Jacksonville State

Seitz joined the committee Sept. 1, 2016, and is chair for 2019-20.

Other committee members:

  • Thorr Bjorn, athletics director, Rhode Island.
  • Randy Eaton, athletics director, Western Carolina.
  • Kent Haslam, athletics director, Montana.
  • Eugene Marshall Jr., athletics director, Hampton.
  • Kyle Moats, athletics director, Missouri State.
  • Tim Murray, athletics director, Marist.
  • Matt Roan, athletics director, Nicholls State University
  • Bill Smith, athletics directory, Bryant.
  • Jermaine Truax, athletics director, Bucknell.
     

What's the Committee's Role?

The 10-member NCAA Division I Football Committee is responsible for selecting, seeding and bracketing the field for the NCAA tournament. School and conference administrators are nominated by their conferences and serve four-year terms. The committee is made up of one member from each Division I conference that receives an automatic qualification to the NCAA Division I Football Championship.

Committee members spend countless hours evaluating teams during the regular season. They participate in weekly Regional Advisory Committee and national committee evaluation calls during the regular season.

They are expected to be experts on the teams within their assigned conferences and regions while maintaining a broad-based knowledge of Division I FCS football.
 

Regional Advisory Committee Evaluation

Throughout the season, teams are evaluated and ranked regionally via the Regional Advisory Committee process.

All Division I FCS teams are assigned to one of four regions:

Central Region

  • Missouri Valley Football Conference
  • Ohio Valley Conference
  • Pioneer Football League

East Region

  • Colonial Athletic Association
  • Northeast Conference
  • Patriot League

South Region

  • Big South Conference
  • Southern Conference
  • Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
  • Southwestern Athletic Conference

West Region

  • Big Sky Conference
  • Southland Conference
  • University of North Dakota (*independent football institution)

Each Regional Advisory Committee is made up of two representatives from each conference in the region. Committee members serve three-year terms and are nominated by their conference.  National committee members serve as a chair or vice chair of the Regional Advisory Committee in their region.

On each of the Monday committee calls, representatives discuss the top teams in their respective conference or region that are potentially in position for either their conference’s automatic qualifier spot or an at-large selection to the 2019 NCAA Division I Football Championship. 

After the Regional Advisory Committee discussion, each committee member votes electronically for the top 10 teams for their respective region. A composite regional ranking is calculated for each region and forwarded to the national committee to be used on its Tuesday evaluation calls.
 

Conference Monitoring Program

National committee members are assigned to a conference (outside of their own conference) for which they are responsible for having conversations with the conference commissioner (or their designee) to acquire detailed information on the top teams in the conference. This information is then shared with the full national committee during select evaluation calls and selection meeting. These calls should take place three times each season: at the beginning of the season, in the middle of the season and in the week before selections.
 

National Committee Evaluation Calls

National committee members will meet via conference call each week throughout the season to review each of the Regional Advisory Committee rankings for that week and participate in a detailed discussion on the top teams in each conference or region that may be in position to receive their conference’s automatic qualifier spot or at-large selection to the 2019 NCAA Division I Football Championship.

After the discussion, national committee members will participate in an online vote to rank the top 25 teams in the country.  All the votes are calculated, and a committee top 25 ranking is set for the week.  The committee top 25 rankings are not released publicly (with the exception of the top 10 on Nov. 6) and are archived for review during the selection meeting.
 

Timeline

August

The Division I Football Committee meets via conference call to begin organization and initial discussions for the upcoming football season.

Regional Advisory Committees are formed in each of the four regions to evaluate teams on a regional level.

September

The Regional Advisory Committees and national committee both conduct a practice team evaluation call. These practice evaluation calls are intended to serve two purposes:

  • Allow committee members an opportunity for a practice run to become comfortable with the evaluation process, procedures and steps that will take place starting in October.
  • Start evaluation discussions on quality teams in each conference or region. At this early stage of the season, these discussions are strictly preliminary.

October

In mid-October, the Regional Advisory Committees and national committee calls take place on Monday and Tuesday of each week. These calls take place each week through the 2019 NCAA Division I Football Championship selection meeting Nov. 22-24.

November

Weekly evaluation calls continue for the Regional Advisory Committees and national committee.

Nov. 6: The national committee releases its top 10 teams on ESPN2. This announcement is the only top 10 release of the season.

Nov. 22-24: The national committee gathers at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis to select, seed (the top eight) and bracket the 24 teams that will participate in the 2019 NCAA Division I Football Championship.

Nov.  24: 2019 NCAA Division I Football Championship Selection Show will air on ESPU at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time.

2019 Division I Football Championship Timeline

Selection Sunday
12:30 p.m. Eastern time Nov. 24 on ESPNU

First Round (8 games)
Saturday, Nov. 30 — campus sites

Second Round (8 games)
Saturday, Dec. 7 — campus sites

Quarterfinal Round (4 games)
Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14 — campus sites

Semifinal Round (2 games)
Saturday, Dec. 21 — campus sites

2020 FCS Championship Game (1 game)
Saturday, Jan. 11 — noon Eastern time, Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on ABC