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Arkansas AD Jeff Long named playoff selection committee chairman

Jeff Long, Dave Gearhart AP

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long will serve as the first chairman of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, executive director Bill Hancock announced on Monday.

As chairman, Long will set the Selection Committee’s agenda and run the committee’s meetings. Long will also serve as spokesman for the committee alongside Hancock.

“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.”

Before going to Arkansas in 2007, Long had been director of athletics at Eastern Kentucky and Pittsburgh.

“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.”

Long has a tough job ahead of him. After all, college football fans are next to impossible to satisfy, so whoever is on the committee will need to have thick skin. He’ll also need to build trust with with fans who think that politics governs the college football post-season process.

Good luck with that.


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10 Responses to “Arkansas AD Jeff Long named playoff selection committee chairman”
  1. canetic says: Oct 14, 2013 6:25 PM

    Perfect. Someone from the SEC is Chairman. Sorry Oregon, Stanford, Ohio St, Clemson, FSU — we are going to have an All-SEC playoff every year.

  2. dcroz says: Oct 14, 2013 8:58 PM

    Canetic: He’s the chairperson of the committee, not the lone voice making the decision. Stop looking for black helicopters.

  3. dcroz says: Oct 14, 2013 9:00 PM

    Though it must be said, this is the same guy who let Bobby Petrino hire his mistress to a well-paid and highly-competitive job with no suspicion that something was amiss. So if it makes you feel better, he’s not the most efficient person out there.

  4. sportsguy3434 says: Oct 14, 2013 9:50 PM

    All of the major conferences are represented…which will also be interesting. Long also fired Bobby when he found out about the lies and cover up. It might be interesting having Long and Alvarez on the same committee.

    Four teams also means there can’t be one rep each from Pac12, Big 12, B1G, ACC, and SEC…plus any others. That might be the most interesting to watch.

  5. palmbeachbuckeye says: Oct 14, 2013 9:58 PM

    $EC… the fix is in. Next year it will be 3 SEC teams and an at large. Its already bought and paid for. The same people who paid off the NCAA to take care of the (s)Cam Newton issue, Johnny Foosball issue, and will ultimately take care of Alabama’s issues will have the bag men make the appropriate payments.

  6. Anoesis says: Oct 14, 2013 10:47 PM

    The brain-trust of this committee could certainly have avoided immediate negative speculation by not having put someone from the SEC in charge. If all members are equal why is one called the chairman?

    No matter what decisions are made, people outside the SEC will see a bias. The BCS may be gone next year, but its ghost will be alive and well.

  7. stairwayto7 says: Oct 15, 2013 10:09 AM

    Get ready for a 3 loss SEC team in the playoffs.

  8. oldforester says: Oct 15, 2013 11:58 AM

    Questions: Who are the chosen ones selecting the committee? With so many past issues about the SEC being given favorable opinions by the NCAA (whether you agree or disagree), why put an SEC member in as chairman? This must have come up in discussions. Why put the supposed fox in charge of the hen house if you are trying to appear unbiased? You’ve got a past Secretary of State on the committee, familiar in dealing with the Ahmadinejads and Putins of the world, certainly she would have been able to handle Petrino’s and Kiffins.

  9. klownboy says: Oct 15, 2013 12:10 PM

    Maybe this will get folks to stop talking about Condi Rice’s spot on the selection committee? Then again…

  10. Deb says: Oct 15, 2013 3:02 PM

    I’m not going to be satisfied until we get brackets and participants are determined by their placement in the polls rather than by some effort to make sure each conference is represented by one team or a conference champ. But this is a stepping stone in a process, and we all just have to be patient.

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