College football has a big birthday coming up. And as with all great birthday bashes, a committee has been formed to plan the festivities.
On Tuesday, ESPN’s Heather Dinich reported that longtime college athletics administrators and former Big 12 Conference commissioner Kevin Weiberg will lead the effort to plan college football’s 150th birthday celebration in 2019. The efforts will begin on Aug. 1, 2017.
Weiberg will work from the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame’s headquarters in Irving, Texas. He will report to a 13-member committee that includes two athletic directors — Princeton’s Mollie Marcoux Samaan and Rutgers’ Pat Hobbs — who represent the schools that played in college football’s first game on Nov. 6, 1869.
“This is a very exciting moment for fans of college football,” Weiberg told Dinich. “Across the country, college football is a deeply ingrained part of life for millions and millions of people. While it’s too soon to know our exact plans, we want to put something together that is big and special, something fans can be proud of. We will work closely with leaders from all divisions of college football to build a national celebration for fans to enjoy.”
All divisions throughout college football will celebrate the commemoration during the 2019 season, with a special emphasis on Nov. 6 of that year. The national championship game in January 2020 also will mark the occasion.