College Football Playoff

Meet the 2016 College Football Playoff Selection Committee

Jaclyn Harris

By Jaclyn Harris

March 3, 2015

College Football National Championship Gold A 1 resized 600With the first-ever College Football Playoff in the history books as a success, it seems everyone is highly anticipating the upcoming season. Staying true to the initial design, there is not much changing when it comes to the
College Football Playoff format from its inception into its second year.

The protocol remains unchanged as does the voting process, and the Selection Committee has only had one member turnover. Read on to see who is on the Selection Committee and to learn about each member!

2016 College Football Playoff Selection Committee

Jeff Long, Chair

With 35 years of college football experience as an assistant coach, student-athlete and administrator, Jeff Long will be serving his second year as Chair of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. He has experience at FBS, FCS and Division II levels, and is currently vice chancellor and director of athletics at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Learn more about Jeff Long here>>

Barry Alvarez

Member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Barry Alvarez is the winningest head coach in University of Wisconsin history. He has had 38 years of experience in college football as a head coach, assistant coach, student-athlete, and athletics director. Alvarez has been a coach or student-athlete in 22 bowl games at four FBS institutions in three FBS conferences, and is currently the director of athletics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Lieutenant General Mike Gould (Ret.)

Former Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Lieutenant General Mike Gould is a retired three-star general and highly decorated Air Force officer. He was a former Air Force aide to the President of the United States and a command pilot with 3,261 flying hours.

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Pat Haden

Pat Haden is a two-time college football national championship winner as quarterback for the University of Southern California. He was a Pro Bowl selection during his time in the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams. Haden is a Rhodes Scholar, a businessman and an attorney, and has been on the USC Board of Trustees for 19 years.

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Kirby Hocutt

Currently the director of athletics at Texas Tech University, Kirby Hocutt is new to the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, replacing Oliver Luck. Hocutt has gained experience as an athletics director at three FBS institutions and was a college football student-athlete, four-year letterman and an all-conference selection.

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Learn more about Kirby Hocutt here>>

Tom Jernstedt

Tom Jernstedt had been an executive vice president, deputiy executive director and chief operating officer during his 38 years in the NCAA. He supervised NCAA Division I, II and III football, including the NCAA Football Board of Directors, College Football Officiating LLC and Football Issues Committee. Jernstedt was recruited by legendary football coach Len Casanova to the University of Oregon and was a four-year scholarship student-athlete.

Learn more about Tom Jernstedt here>>

Archie Manning

Member of the College Football Hall of Fame and voted Southeastern Conference quarterback of the quarter century, Archie Manning was also two-time all-SEC and voted the SEC Most Valuable Player. During his time in the NFL, he was quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection.

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Tom Osborne

Former head coach and director of athletics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Tom Osborne has had 42 years of college football experience as a head coach, assistant coach, student-athlete, and athletics director. He is the winningest coach in Nebraska history and is eighth highest in number of wins in history for major college football coaches. ESPN named him Coach of the Decade for the 1990s, and Osborne has three college football national championships, 12 Big 8 conference championships, one Big 12 championship, and College Football Hall of Fame honors.

Learn more about Tom Osborne here>>

Dan Radakovich

With 30 years of college football experience as a student-athlete, athletics director and associate athletics director, Dan Radakovich has held athletic administrative positions at five FBS institutions. He was also one of 10 athletics directors who served on the 2013 NCAA advisory commission to make recommendations on future rules and policies. Radakovich is currently the director of athletics at Clemson University.

Learn more about Dan Radakovich here>>

Condoleezza Rice

Former United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice has been chosen four times as one of Time magazines "100 Most Influential People." She has been named "Most Powerful Woman in the World" by Forbes twice and is a best-selling author. 

Learn more about Condoleezza Rice here>>

Mike Tranghese

Mike Tranghese is the longest-serving commissioner of the Big East Conference and served on the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee from 1996-2001. He was the leading manager of the launch of Big East football in 1991, and he was the lead administrator of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) in 2003 and 2004.

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Steve Wieberg

Named one of the "10 Most Powerful People in College Sports" by Chronicle of Higher Education and one of the "50 Most Influential People in College Sports" by College Sports magazine, Steve Wieberg is not new to the college football world. He is also a top college football writer for USA Today and has been a sports writer for over 30 years.

Learn more about Steve Wieberg here>>

Tyrone Willingham

Tyrone Willingham has had 36 years of college football experience as a head coach, assistant coach and walk-on, two-sport student-athlete. He has coached at seven FBS programs, has been the former head coach for three FBS institutions, and was named 2002 Coach of the Year by ESPN/Home Depot.

Learn more about Tyrone Willingham here>>

Process for Selecting the College Football Playoff Contenders

Same as the year prior, the College Football Playoff Selection Committee will be looking at the following items when it comes to determining the final four:

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  • Head-to-Head Competition
  • Conference Championships Won
  • Comparative Outcomes of Common Opponents
  • Other Relevant Factors (key injuries, etc.)

The Selection Committee will be ranking their top 25 teams throughout the season during each of their seven meetings. The voting process begins with selecting a pool of teams to be considered and the Selection Committee will then rank those teams. Individual ballots will then be cast to determine a composite ranking.

Learn more about the protocol here>>

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