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College football roundup: Arkansas AD to chair selection panel

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Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long will chair the first College Football Playoff selection committee.

Long is one of 13 members expected to be on the initial committee to select the four teams to participate in the College Football Playoff, which replaces the Bowl Championship Series beginning next season.

Long, Barry Alvarez (Wisconsin athletic director), Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, a former superintendent at Air Force, Pat Haden (Southern Cal athletic director), NCAA Tournament pioneer Tom Jernstedt, who was a former NCAA executive vice president, Oliver Luck (West Virginia athletic director), former NFL and Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning, Tom Osborne (Nebraska athletic director), Dan Radakovich (Clemson athletic director), former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese, former USA Today sports writer Steve Wieberg and former Notre Dame and Stanford head coach Tyrone Willingham.

AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, was named the host site of the first national championship game under the College Football Playoff format. The game is scheduled for Jan. 12, 2015.

---Florida running back Matt Jones is out for the rest of the season with a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Gators coach Will Muschamp announced Jones had surgery to repair the knee.

Jones, a sophomore, had 79 carries for 339 yards with two touchdowns this season.

Florida plays at No. 14 Missouri on Saturday.

---Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said that quarterback James Franklin will miss three to five weeks with a shoulder separation.

Franklin was injured during Saturday's upset win over then-No. 7 Georgia. Missouri moved up to No. 14 in both major polls.

Pinkel confirmed that redshirt freshman Maty Mauk would get the start Saturday against No. 22 Florida.

CBSSports.com reported Sunday that Franklin would be out at least six weeks.

---Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips will undergo back surgery and will miss the rest of the season, coach Bob Stoops said.

Phillips started Oklahoma's first four games and made seven tackles, including two for losses. He missed Oklahoma's last two games.

--- Arkansas starting defensive tackle Robert Thomas will miss the rest of the season because of a broken leg suffered on Saturday in the 52-7 loss to South Carolina.

Thomas had 31 tackles, including six tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks before getting hurt.
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