The College Football Playoff selection committee lost West Virginia Athletics Director Oliver Luck when he accepted a position with the NCAA. But fear not, Art Briles, for there will continue to be someone who understands what southern and Big 12 football is all about.
Texas Tech Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt has been added to the College Football Playoff selection committee. Hocutt was nominated by Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby and his nomination was ratified by the playoff’s management committee.
“I am excited and honored to join the College Football Playoff Selection Committee,” said Hocutt in a statement released by the Big 12 Monday morning. “I look forward to working with such a distinguished group of individuals in what has instantly become one of our nation’s most successful sporting events. I sincerely appreciate the confidence that Commissioner Bowlsby and the CFP management committee have placed in me with this appointment.”
“We are delighted to welcome Kirby to the selection committee,” CFB Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock said. “He will fit right in, because he is a thoughtful, hard-working person of the highest integrity.”
Hocutt will join the committee charged with the task of selecting the top four teams in college football to participate in the College Football Playoff, as well as selecting the teams that will play in the remaining New Years Six bowl games and ranking the teams in the second half of the season. Last season’s debut of the new format left out Big 12 co-champions Baylor and TCU from the playoff.