Hancock named executive director of new college football playoff

The group that will oversee the new college football playoff and national championship game announced today that Bill Hancock will be the group's executive director, continuing in a similar position he has held for the Bowl Championship Series for the past three years.

"Bill Hancock is exactly the right leader to guide this exciting and historic transition to the new college football playoff. He shares our commitment to student-athletes, the importance of the regular season, and preserving America's college football bowl tradition. The Presidents, Commissioners, and all of us who care deeply about this great game are very pleased that Bill will continue to serve," said Charles W. Steger, President of Virginia Tech University and Chairman of the Presidential Oversight Committee.

"It is a thrill to be part of this group and to work with college football's leaders as the new playoff system is launched. We all share a passion about this wonderful sport, and I'm excited to have the chance to help make such a popular sport event more popular for our fans. I can't think of a better time to be involved and I'm very grateful to the Presidents and Commissioners for their support," said Bill Hancock.

Hancock, a former newspaper editor, worked on the staff of the old Big Eight Conference for 11 years and was director of the NCAA Final Four for 13 years before becoming BCS administrator in 2005. He was named Executive Director in 2009. (Hancock's full bio is available here).

The conferences will manage the new event and Hancock will manage a small staff that will have operational responsibility for putting on the championship game and running the new playoff. The location for the new office has yet to be decided.

The group announced in June that the new college football playoff format would begin with the 2014-2015 season, and announced more plans in Denver this week, giving itself adequate time to transition from the current system. The group continues to work on remaining issues including:

  • Creation of a selection committee that will rank the teams to play in the playoff, giving all the teams an equal opportunity to participate. Among the factors the committee will value are win-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, and if a team is a conference champion.

  • Identifying the cities that will host the national championship game.

  • Identifying the bowls which will host the playoff semi-final games.

  • Naming of the new event.

  • Finalizing the television contract.