Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long has been re-elected as the chairman of the College Football Playoff committee.
“Jeff has been a terrific chair and I am delighted that the committee elected him to serve again,” executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement. “Jeff is a thoughtful and dedicated leader who conducted the meetings skillfully. He also did a very good job answering questions about the rankings so fans could gain insight into the committee’s decisions. It’s clear that he has the full respect and confidence of the other committee members.”
Long served as the committee chairman during the inaugural season and took a lot of heat throughout the year by pundits and fans for the lack of consistency in the committee’s weekly voting. Long often was left to explain during ESPN’s weekly rankings show the reasoning behind the committee’s decisions.
He was also the target of ire from Baylor and TCU fans, who thought the two Big 12 teams were treated unfairly during the final week of the rankings.
Long is one of 13 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee, though only 12 voted this year after Archie Manning resigned from the committee because of health concerns. Each member serves a three-year term, but it is unclear whether Manning will be back or replaced.
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