Press Release

Jeff Long Re-Elected to Serve as Chairman of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee

IRVING, Texas – Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff (CFP) announced today that Jeff Long, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics at the University of Arkansas, has been re-elected chairman of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.

In October 2013, Long was named by the CFP Management Committee as the selection committee chairman for the playoff’s inaugural year, one that just concluded with the College Football Playoff National Championship January 12. The selection committee unanimously chose him to continue for another year in that role.

“Jeff has been a terrific chair and I am delighted that the committee elected him to serve again,” Hancock said.  “Jeff is a thoughtful and dedicated leader who conducted the meetings skillfully.  He also did a very good job answering questions about the rankings so fans could gain insight into the committee’s decisions.    It’s clear that he has the full respect and confidence of the other committee members.”

With a 37-year career in college athletics, Long has served as director of athletics at three universities and held coaching and senior administrative positions at seven other universities. Long has experience as an athletics director or senior administrator in five Division I conferences.

Long earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Ohio Wesleyan in 1982, and a master’s degree in education from Miami (Ohio) in 1983.

“I appreciate the confidence that the committee members have shown in me,” said Long.  “I am truly honored that they have chosen me to serve in this capacity this coming year.   The real strength of this committee is the work that each member does to rank the teams each week and ultimately select the best four teams for the playoff.  I am honored to represent them in the role of chair.”