Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt will chair the College Football Playoff selection committee in 2016, the organization announced Thursday. Hocutt had been the Big 12 Conference’s representative on the committee, which selects and seeds the four teams that play for the national championship.
Hocutt graduated in 1995 from Kansas State, where he played linebacker. He became Tech’s athletic director in 2011.
“College football continues to have a significant impact in my life and I am humbled and honored by this appointment,” Hocutt said in a news release. “Serving on the committee this past season was a tremendous experience. The thoughtful consideration, professionalism and integrity exhibited by the members of this committee speak to the level of success the College Football Playoff has shown in its brief history.”
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long rotated out of the chair’s role after two years.
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“Kirby has established himself as a natural leader,” Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the College Football Playoff said in a news release. “His personality, his background as a Football Bowl Subdivision student-athlete and his experience make him a perfect fit to chair the committee. Jeff Long set a high bar for excellence and we know Kirby will also be a terrific chairman.”
According to a news release, Hocutt will set the selection committee’s agenda, run its meetings and serve as the spokesman for the committee along with Hancock.