Former Arkansas coach Ken Hatfield has been named to the College Football Playoff selection committee, executive director Bill Hancock announced Wednesday.
A native of Helena, Ark., Hatfield is one of six new members to the committee. He will serve a three-year term on the committee. Former Arizona Republic sports writer Paola Boivin, Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione, College Football Hall of Fame member Ronnie Lott, Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury and Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin have also joined the committee.
Hatfield coached the Razorbacks for six seasons (1984-89) with a 55-17-1 record. He led the Hogs to back-to-back Southwest Conference titles in ’88 and ’89, which is still their most recent conference championship. The Razorbacks played in a bowl game all six of his seasons.
The former Hogs coach also played at Arkansas (1961-64) and was an all-conference defensive back on the 1964 national title team. Hatfield’s 81-yard punt return touchdown against No. 1 Texas in 1964 was the opening score in what would be a 14-13 Hogs’ victory. That victory was the highlight of Arkansas’ first and only 11-0 season.