The new College Football Playoff committee asked all the major conferences to nominate candidates. So Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany sent "dozens" of names to the committee.
"It was a pretty lengthy list of names to consider, and basically we forwarded all of them," Delany told ESPN.com. "But obviously, some names have more support than others."
While Delany wouldn’t divulge any specific candidates, he acknowledged it was a diverse list.
"We had former media, present ADs, former ADs, former coaches and people in the private sector with good football pedigrees," Delany said. "They came in all shapes and sizes."
And they don’t all have connections to his conference.
"It was a combination," Delany said. "There are some people outside of our region and some inside it. There are some people from other conferences. Our group, I thought, was pretty universal in their picks. There wasn’t just Midwestern, Big Ten ties. We had people from the East, the South, the West Coast and the Plains. So while [the list] came from Big Ten people, the flavor was purely national."