Press Release

Contract Extension Announced for Bill Hancock

IRVING, Texas – The Board of Managers for the College Football Playoff (CFP) announced today a three-year extension of the contract for Executive Director Bill Hancock.

“Bill Hancock is not only one of the most widely respected people in college football, he’s one of the kindest, most decent, and able people anyone will ever meet,” said C. Max Nikias, the President of the University of Southern California and Chairman of the Board of Managers. “Under Bill’s leadership, the playoff for three years in a row has been a huge success, making it an event that is loved by fans, students and alumni throughout the country. We’re delighted to extend the contract of a man who is so dedicated to helping students be successful in college and in life.” 

Hancock has achieved a unique trifecta at the highest echelon of intercollegiate athletics. He was the first full-time director of the NCAA Final Four, the first executive director of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and the first executive director of the College Football Playoff. 

The College Football Playoff was announced in 2012, replacing the BCS. After the 2014-2015 season, its first year, it was named Sports Event of the Year by Sports Business Journal. Hancock previously spent 16 years with the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, 13 years as its director. In 2005, he was appointed administrator of the BCS. He became executive director in 2009 and was named to the same role for the playoff when it was created in 2012. 

Hancock has served on the United States Olympic Committee staff at 12 Olympic Games and two Pan American Games.  He has been inducted into the halls of fame of the state of Oklahoma, College Sports Information Directors and the All College Basketball Classic.

He is married to his high school sweetheart, the former Nicki Perry.

His new contract will run through June, 2020. 

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