After wrapping up his second season as chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee, Jeff Long is stepping down. Long is expected to remain on the selection committee, and has two years remaining on his term.
According to multiple reports on Tuesday, including one from George Schroeder of USA Today, College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock confirmed the news regarding the only chairman of the selection committee in the first two seasons under the new playoff structure.
“Jeff was a terrific chairman,” Hancock said. “He was the perfect choice to be the first chairman. He was a very effective leader inside the committee room and also an honest communicator outside it.”
Long was tasked with being the voice of the selection committee, which included making weekly appearances on the weekly rankings show aired by ESPN once the selection committee got to work releasing its weekly rankings. At times Long offered conflicting reasoning and logic behind the committee’s fresh rankings, but it was a difficult job for a brand new system that had to be ironed out along the way. Hancock noted the idea of the chairman was originally to only have someone hold the position for one or two years, so the development of the Arkansas Athletics Director no longer occupying the role is not surprising, and should not be seen as a startling development.
A new chairperson is expected to be named from the current selection committee in the next month.