01/17 13:36 CST Oregon AD Mullens new playoff selection committee chairman
Oregon AD Mullens new playoff selection committee chairman
By RALPH D. RUSSO
AP College Football Writer
Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens will become the new chairman of the
College Football Playoff selection committee starting next season, and three
new Power Five ADs will join the 13-member panel.
Mullens will be the third chairman, replacing Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt.
Hocutt replaced Jeff Long, who held the position for the first two seasons of
the playoff. Mullens will serve a two-year term.
College Football Playoff also announced the addition of six new committee
members, replacing those whose terms ended. Joining the committee in 2018 will
be Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin, Georgia Tech AD Todd Stansbury,
Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione, former Clemson and Rice coach Ken Hatfield; former
Southern California star and Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and former
Arizona Republic sports columnist Paola Boivin.
New members will serve three-year terms. The committee is made up of sitting
athletic directors, former players, coaches and administrators and former media
members who have covered college sports.
Cycling off the committee were Hocutt, Long, Clemson AD Dan Radakovich, former
Notre Dame, Stanford and Washington coach Tyrone Willingham, former NCAA
executive vice president Tom Jernstedt and former USA Today college sports
reporter Steve Wieberg.
Mullens has been athletic director of Oregon since 2010 and is entering his
third season on the committee. As chairman, Mullens will run the weekly
meetings of the committee that produce rankings over the final six weeks of the
season, concluding with the selection of the four teams in the playoff. Mullens
also becomes the face of the committee, appearing on ESPN's weekly rankings
show to answer questions about the committee's decisions.
The other holdovers on the committee are: former Virginia Tech coach Frank
Beamer; former Southern Mississippi coach Jeff Bower; former Central Michigan
coach Herb Deromedi; Robert Morris University President and former Air Force
football player Chris Howard; former Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson; and
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith.
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