Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt will serve as the new chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee, replacing Arkansas’ Jeff Long in that role.
Long, who rotated out of the chairman’s role after two seasons, remains on the committee. Bill Hancock, CFP executive director, announced Hocutt’s appointment Thursday.
“Kirby has established himself as a natural leader,” Hancock said in a statement. “His personality, his background as a [major-college] student-athlete and his experience make him a perfect fit to chair the committee.”
Hocutt, a former Kansas State linebacker, joined the committee last season. He took over as the Tech athletic director in 2011. As chairman, Hocutt will set the selection committee’s agenda, run its meetings and serve as its spokesman in explaining the weekly CFP rankings.
In a statement, Hocutt said: “College football continues to have a significant impact in my life and I am humbled and honored by this appointment.”