Long to chair college football playoff committee
Posted: October 14, 2013 at 9:33 a.m.
FORT WORTH, Texas Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long was named chairman of the first college football playoff committee Monday.
Long, who is in his sixth year with the Razorbacks, is one of 13 members of the inaugural committee to select four teams for a college football playoff beginning in 2014. As chairman, Long will run meetings and set agendas and serve as a spokesman for the committee, whose headquarters are in Irving, Texas.
"I'm proud and humbled to serve as the College Football Playoff Selection Committee's first chairman," Long said in a statement. "While our committee's charge is simple - to select and seed the best teams - admittedly our work will not be easy. We will have very important decisions to make throughout the process."
According to The Associated Press, other notable members of the college football playoff committee are former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne, former Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez, former Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning, West Virginia athletics director Oliver Luck, Southern Cal athletics director Pat Haden and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
"Because of their knowledge of the game, extensive experience and deep-rooted passion for college football, I'm confident the members who will be appointed to this committee will work tirelessly to make the best decisions for college football," Long stated. "That's what this great game deserves. And most importantly, it's what we owe the student athletes from across the country who take the field each weekend in the fall. Even though our first selections are more than a year away, we have a lot of work to do and I'm eager to begin. Thank you for your excitement about the present and the future of college football."
The appointment to the committee is the latest in a series of national honors for Long, including his selection as one of four athletics directors of the year as voted on by his peers earlier this year.
“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.”
The first college football playoff will have semifinals games at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. and Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 1, 2015. The first national championship game under the new format will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Jan. 12, 2015.