Arkansas AD To Chair Playoff Selection Committee
By Kristen Finstad
Arkansas vice chancellor and athletic director Jeff Long has been named the first chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee.
Long was a four-year football letterman at Ohio Wesleyan and has spent more than 20 years in athletic administration at schools such as Eastern Kentucky, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Virginia Tech. He became the director of Razorbacks athletics in 2008.
Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, credits Long's vast experience.
"People in inercollegiate athletics hold him in high regard. He is known for his insight, intelligence, wisdom, wit, judgment and calm demeaner," Hancock said. "He'll make a great chairman."
Long said that although he is humbled and honored to serve as the first College Football Playoff committee chairman, he is aware that this will be no easy job.
"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," Long said.
The committee will choose four teams to compete in the national semifinals and the winners will compete for the national championship.
Long and the other members of the original committee will be announced at a press conference Wednesday in Irving, Texas.
According to ESPN, the Associated Press and the Washington Post, the other members are expected to include:
• Condoleeza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State
• Oliver Luck, West Virginia athletic director
• Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin athletic director
• Dan Radakovich, Clemson athletic director
• Pat Haden, USC athletic director
• Lt. Gen Michael Gould (retired)
• Tom Jernstedt, former NCAA executive vice president
• Archie Manning, former NFL and Ole Miss quarterback
• Mike Tranghese, former Big East commissioner
• Steve Wieberg, former USA Today reporter
• Tyrone Willingham, former Notre Dame, Stanford and Washington coach