Posted October 14, 2013

Arkansas AD Jeff Long named playoff selection committee chair

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Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long has been named the chair of the first College Football Playoff selection committee, the playoff announced on Monday.

Long and College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock will serve as spokesmen for the committee. The Arkansas athletic director will also be responsible for running the committee’s meetings and dictating its agenda.

In a statement, Hancock said Long is a respected name in the college football community.

“Jeff has vast experience in college football,” said Hancock. “People in intercollegiate athletics hold him in high regard. He is known for his insight, intelligence, wisdom, wit, judgment and calm demeanor. He’ll make a great chairman.”

Long said he is excited for the committee to get to work.

“I’m very humbled and honored to serve as the first chairman of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee,” said Long. “There is no doubt our task will be challenging. However, I am confident in the committee members’ ability to determine the four best teams in college football. I look forward to getting to work.”

The committee will select the four teams to participate in the upcoming College Football Playoff. The playoff is set to kick off after the 2014 season, and the members of the 13-member committee will be officially unveiled on Wednesday of this week.

ESPN and The Associated Press reported last week that the committee will be comprised of the following 13 members: Barry Alvarez, Mike Gould, Pat Haden, Tom Jernstedt, Jeff Long, Oliver Luck, Archie Manning, Tom Osborne, Dan Radakovich, Condoleezza Rice, Mike Tranghese, Steve Wieberg and Tyrone Willingham.

6 comments
Adolfis
Adolfis

?????????????????????????  Condoleezza Rice??????????????????????

SuthrnMan
SuthrnMan

They could pick 12 hermits from Albania and someone is still going to have issues with the choices.  Beyond the selections for the top four, there will be arguments about #5, referee calls, game times, locations, uniform colors... blah blah blah...  taking all the sport out of the sport....

beau.elliott
beau.elliott

I'm not sure I follow why you wouldn't.  It seems the powers that be did a decent job in selecting a nice group of people representing a lot of different areas.  I see PAC12, Big10, and others represented here and also some outsiders.  While I might not have picked some, I believe no one could pick a group most people would approve, so I applaud the choices...

Cool
Cool

I am not understanding how you pick an AD from the SEC to be chairman of a selection committee and expect people to have faith in this process?   Why wouldn't the selection committee be composed of people outside?

Adolfis
Adolfis

@Cool  Your right. They should have selected a grounds keeper from one of the SEC schools. That would change how the SEC has dominated for the last 12 years or so.