Nearly half of the 13-member College Football Playoff committee will be brand new in 2018.
The CFP announced six new members for the committee on Thursday. Sportswriter Paola Boivin, Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione, former coach Ken Hatfield, Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury and Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin will serve on the committee for the next three seasons.
Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens will be the committee’s new chairperson and explanatory voice to ESPN. He replaces Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt in that role.
The appointment of Castiglione, Stansbury and Stricklin continues the CFP’s odd custom of having sitting athletic directors serve as committee members. While the athletic directors are automatically recused from discussions regarding their schools, they’re busy enough in their current college athletic roles as it is. Their jobs should go to someone who watches more football and doesn’t have to also manage an athletic department.
Hatfield has a career record of 168-140-4 as a head coach at Air Force, Arkansas, Clemson and Rice. He had three-straight seasons with a 10-2 record from 1988-90. Two of those seasons were with Arkansas and the last was at Clemson.
Boivin is a former sportswriter for the Arizona Republic and currently works for Arizona State’s Journalism School and recently became the first female journalist to be elected to the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.
Lott played football at USC before he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 1981. He played 14 seasons in the NFL and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2000.
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