The University of Florida will have a familiar face in the College Football Playoff Committee this year. The committee announced Wednesday that Florida’s Athletic Director Scott Stricklin would be a new member of the selection committee. Stricklin will replace former Arkansas AD Jeff Long as the SEC representative.
The committee also selected five other new members. These other members include Oklahoma’s Joe Castiglione and director of athletics at the Georgia Institute of Technology Todd Stansbury. Castiglione was a member of the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee for five seasons and served as chairperson during the 2015-16 season. He also served a four-year term on the NCAA Baseball Committee.
After the announcement, Scott Stricklin issued a press release. “The College Football Playoff has become a special part of our sport, and the committee’s job is to pick the best teams and to represent the game with integrity,” said Stricklin. As a result of this selection, all of these members are to a three-year term, ending in 2020.
Joe C replaces Kirby Hocutt
Stricklin replaces Jeff Long
Stansbury replaces Dan Radakovich
Boivin replaces Steve Wieberg
Lott replaces Tom Jernstedt, ostensibly
Hatfield replaces Ty Willingham, ostensibly https://t.co/mnya1bdc3A
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) January 17, 2018
What This Means
As UF begins to rebuild under new Coach Dan Mullen, talk of playoffs can begin. UF has not been a part of the playoff conversation since its birth in 2014 but hopes to turn that around.
It is the job of a committee member to remain impartial while choosing the four best teams in the nation. CFP director Bill Hancock said that the new members “are high integrity people who know and love college football.” Hancock went on to explain that “each one of them has built a distinguished career based on diligence and doing things the right way. We’re delighted that they will be joining the committee.”
The members of this committee are not to allow school bias to get in the way and are to pick the four best teams in the nation.
Six new members appointed to the #CFBPlayoff Selection Committee.
— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) January 17, 2018