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BCS director Hancock to head new playoff system

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Bowl Championship Series executive director Bill Hancock will continue in a similar position as head of college football's new playoff system, it was announced Wednesday.

The new format will begin with the 2014-15 season. The playoffs will rotate between six bowls for the semifinals and a host city for the national championship game.

"Bill Hancock is exactly the right leader to guide this exciting and historic transition to the new college football playoff," Charles Steger, president of Virginia Tech and chairman of the Presidential Oversight Committee, said in a release.

"He shares our commitment to student-athletes, the importance of the regular season, and preserving America's college football bowl tradition. The Presidents, Commissioners, and all of us who care deeply about this great game are very pleased that Bill will continue to serve.

Hancock became executive director of the BCS in 2009 after serving as an administrator since 2005. He previously was director of the NCAA Final Four for 13 years.

"It is a thrill to be part of this group and to work with college football's leaders as the new playoff system is launched," Hancock said. "We all share a passion about this wonderful sport, and I'm excited to have the chance to help make such a popular sport event more popular for our fans."

The name of the new playoff format is still to be determined.
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