Kirby Hocutt Tabbed to Replace Jeff Long as College Football Playoff Selection Committee Chairman

Texas Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt was announced Thursday as the second chairman of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.

Texas Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt was named the second Chairman of the College Football Selection Committee, in an announcement by Executive Director Bill Hancock on Thursday.

Hocutt replaces University of Arkansas Vice-Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long, who rotated out of the chair’s role after two years.

“Kirby has established himself as a natural leader,” Hancock said. “His personality, his background as a Football Bowl Subdivision student-athlete and his experience make him a perfect fit to chair the committee. Jeff Long set a high bar for excellence and we know Kirby will also be a terrific chairman.”

Some of Hocutt's dutes as chairman will include setting the selection committee’s agenda, running its meetings and serving as the spokesman for the committee along with Hancock. Hocutt begins his second year on the CFP Committee in 2016.

“College Football continues to have a significant impact in my life and I am humbled and honored by this appointment,” Hocutt said. “Serving on the committee this past season was a tremendous experience. The thoughtful consideration, professionalism and integrity exhibited by the members of this committee speak to the level of success the College Football has shown in its brief history.”

Hocutt is in his fifth year as Texas Tech’s 13th athletics director. He has a combined 24 years of intercollegiate athletic leadership experience, including 12 combined years as an athletic director at Texas Tech (2011-current), Miami, Fla. (2008-11) and Ohio (2005-08). Hocutt has also worked in athletic leadership stints in the athletics departments at Oklahoma (1998-2005) and Kansas State (1996-97). He has also served on a variety of NCAA Division I football, leadership, recruiting and bowl committees.

The Sherman, Texas native lettered four years at Kansas State University (1991-94) under the tutelage of Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder. As a linebacker, he led the Big 8 Conference in tackles and earned all-conference honors as a junior and served as a team captain his senior season.

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