The College Football Playoff and Ohio State confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Buckeyes athletic director Gene Smith will be joining the CFP selection committee, beginning a three year term.
Smith, who has been Ohio State's athletic director since 2005 is one of three members added to the committee joining former Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer and Robert Morris University President Chris Howard.
“This is a tremendous honor and privilege to be appointed to this committee,” Smith said. “The sport of football has given so much to me and I feel extremely fortunate to have this opportunity to be able to give back.”
Smith played football collegiately at Notre Dame in the 1970's where he won a national title in 1973. Smith, Beamer and Howard will replace former committee members Barry Alvarez, Condoleezza Rice and former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr who stepped down from the committee due to health reasons in August of 2016.
Smith has previously served as a member of the NCAA men's basketball committee, in addition to stops as an athletic director at Arizona State and Iowa State.