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Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt joins football playoff committee

Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt has joined the College Football Playoff selection committee.
Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt has joined the College Football Playoff selection committee. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt joined the College Football Playoff selection committee Monday, replacing Oliver Luck as the Big 12’s appointee on the 13-member committee that sets the bracket for the four-team playoff.

Hocutt replaces Luck, the former West Virginia athletic director who accepted a job with the NCAA after the inaugural playoff field was set for the 2014 season. Hocutt, a former Kansas State linebacker (1991-94) who led the Big 8 in tackles as a junior during the 1993 season, has been the Texas Tech AD since 2011. He is the chairman of the NCAA Division I football recruiting subcommittee and serves as the Big 12 representative for the NCAA Division I leadership council.

Hocutt was nominated to serve on the selection committee by Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby and ratified by members of the CFP management council.

“We are delighted to welcome Kirby to the selection committee,” CFP executive director Bill Hancock said in a prepared statement. “He will fit right in because he is a thoughtful, hard-working person of the highest integrity.”

Hocutt will be the lone Texas-based member of the committee. In December, the CFP selection committee left Big 12 co-champions Baylor (No. 5) and TCU (No. 6) out of its four-team playoff field in favor of No. 4 Ohio State. The Buckeyes which went on to win the national championship, defeating No. 2 Oregon 42-20 in the title game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

In a statement, Hocutt said he looks forward “to working with such a distinguished group of individuals in what has instantly become one of our nation’s most successful sporting events.”

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