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Kirby Hocutt, Chair

Director of Athletics, Texas Tech University

  • Experience as athletics director at three FBS institutions in three separate conferences.
  • College football student-athlete, four-year letterman and all-conference selection.

Frank Beamer

Former Head Coach, Virginia Tech

  • Forty-nine years of college football experience as a coach and student-athlete.
  • Hokies’ head football coach for 29 seasons.
  • Winningest active coach in FBS history at the time of his retirement.

Jeff Bower

Former Head Coach, University of Southern Mississippi

  • Spent 29 years at the University of Southern Mississippi as a head coach, assistant coach and student-athlete.
  • Named “Coach of the Decade” by Conference USA in 2004.

Herb Deromedi

Former Head Coach, Central Michigan University

  • Member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
  • Spent a combined 38 years at CMU and retired as the winningest coach in Mid-American Conference history.

Tom Jernstedt

Former NCAA Executive Vice President

  • Thirty-eight year career at the NCAA, serving as senior-level executive, including executive vice president, deputy executive director and chief operating officer.
  • Supervised NCAA Division I, II and III football, including NCAA Football Board of Directors, College Football Officiating LLC and Football Issues Committee.
  • Four-year scholarship football student-athlete at the University of Oregon (1963-1967).

Bobby Johnson

Former Head Coach, Vanderbilt University

  • Thirty-nine years of college football experience as a coach and student-athlete. 
  • 2008 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Coach of the Year.

Jeff Long

Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics, University of Arkansas

  • More than 35 years of college football experience as an administrator, assistant coach and football student-athlete.
  • Has served in athletics administration, coaching or on staff at nine FBS institutions in seven FBS conferences.
  • Experience at FBS, FCS and Division II levels.

Rob Mullens

Director of Athletics, University of Oregon

  • Member of the Positive Coaching Alliance’s National Advisory Board.
  • Guided Oregon to its best finish ever in the Directors’ Cup, a national assessment of an athletic department’s overall achievements.

Dan Radakovich

Director of Athletics, Clemson University

  • More than 30 years of college football experience as an athletics director and football student-athlete.
  • Athletic administrative positions at five FBS institutions.

Gene Smith

Director of Athletics, Ohio State University

  • Over 40 years of college football experience as an athletics director, administrator and student-athlete.
  • Two-time winner of the Sports Business Journal Athletic Director of the Year.
  • First sitting athletics director to receive NACDA's James J. Corbett Memorial Award.

Steve Wieberg

Former College Football Reporter, USA TODAY

  • Sportswriter for more than 30 years and top college football writer for USA Today.
  • Named by Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “10 Most Powerful People in College Sports.”
  • One of the “50 Most Influential People in College Sports” as selected by College Sports magazine.

Tyrone Willingham

Former Head Coach of Three FBS Institutions

  • Thirty-six years of college football experience as head coach, assistant coach and student-athlete.
  • Former head coach for three FBS institutions.
  • Named 2002 Coach of the Year by ESPN and Home Depot.

Chris Howard

President, Robert Morris University

  • Harvard M.B.A. and Rhodes Scholar who earned his doctorate from Oxford.
  • College football student-athlete and First Team Academic All-American.
  • Inaugural recipient of the Campbell Trophy.