There are few jobs more important to crowning the best college football national champion than serving on the College Football Playoff selection committee. Today, that committee added three members, while also extending the terms of two others.
Former Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, and Robert Morris president Chris Howard will all join the official committee beginning next season.
Beamer, Howard and Smith named to selection committee; terms extended for Hocutt and Johnson.
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Beamer is the most recognizable name on that list, having led Virginia Tech to unprecedented success over nearly 30 years, including a trip to the 1999 national championship game.
Smith has been the Buckeyes’ athletic director for 12 years, while Howard has been president of Robert Morris since 2009. Both are former players —Smith at Notre Dame, Howard at the Air Force Academy.
It was reported last week that Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, and former Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson were stepping down, though there was dispute about whether that was indeed the case with Johnson.
According to the release, Johnson is one of the two committee members seeing their terms extended.
The term for committee chair Kirby Hocutt will extend through February 2018, and the term for Bobby Johnson will extend through February 2019. Both Hocutt and Johnson’s terms were originally set to expire in February 2017.
Hocutt is athletic director at Texas Tech.