Irving, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Arkansas vice chancellor and director of
athletics Jeff Long will serve as the first chairman of the College Football
Playoff selection committee.
"Jeff has vast experience in college football," said Bill Hancock, executive
director of the College Football Playoff. "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, a four-year football letterman at Ohio Wesleyan, became the director of
Razorback athletics in 2008. He has spent more than two decades in athletic
administration at schools such as Oklahoma, Michigan, Virginia Tech and
"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 pick the four teams to play in the national semifinals. The
winners will play about a week later for the national championship.
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