IRVING, Texas – Texas Tech athletics director Kirby Hocutt has been appointed to the College Football Playoff (CFP) Selection Committee, announced CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock.
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby nominated Hocutt; and his nomination was ratified by the CFP management committee.
Hocutt will replace former West Virginia athletics director Oliver Luck who left for a position at the NCAA.
“I am excited and honored to join the College Football Playoff Selection Committee,” said Hocutt. “I look forward to working with such a distinguished group of individuals in what has instantly become one of our nation’s most successful sporting events. I sincerely appreciate the confidence that Commissioner Bowlsby and the CFP management committee have placed in me with this appointment.”
The CFP Selection Committee is responsible for selecting the top four teams in the playoff and assigning them to semifinal games as well as placing the next group of teams in the remaining New Year’s bowls. The Committee meets in-person beginning midway through the football season and produces a weekly ranking of the top 25 teams leading up to the final selections.
“Kirby Hocutt has distinguished himself as a college football player and a top administrator,” commented Bowlsby, “His background is well suited for the rigors of the Committee. I appreciate his willingness to serve.”
“We are delighted to welcome Kirby to the selection committee,” Hancock said. “He will fit right in, because he is a thoughtful, hard-working person of the highest integrity.”
The former student-athlete has a strong background in collegiate football beginning as a four-year letterman at linebacker for Kansas State University under the tutelage of Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder. He led the Big 8 Conference in tackles and earned All-Big 8 honors as a junior. In 1993, The Sporting News selected Hocutt as one of the top 20 underrated players in the nation. He served as a team captain his senior season.
Hocutt currently is the chairman of the NCAA Division I Football Recruiting Subcommittee and serves as the Big 12 representative on the NCAA Division I Leadership Council.
Hocutt was named Texas Tech’s 13th athletics director on March 2, 2011, after spending three years in the same position at the University of Miami where he oversaw $26 million in new projects. His first opportunity as an athletics director at the Division I level was with Ohio University in 2005. Hocutt also served stints in the athletics departments at Kansas State and the University of Oklahoma.
In 2010, Hocutt was recognized with Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal Forty Under 40 Award, as one of the most promising young executives in sports business. He served as chairman for the Lubbock March of Dimes Campaign in 2013.