Arkansas AD Long named playoff selection committee's chair

Irving, TX ( - Arkansas vice chancellor and director of athletics Jeff Long will serve as the first chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee.

"Jeff has vast experience in college football," said Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff. "People in intercollegiate athletics hold him in high regard. He is known for his insight, intelligence, wisdom, wit, judgment and calm demeanor. He'll make a great chairman."

Long, a four-year football letterman at Ohio Wesleyan, became the director of Razorback athletics in 2008. He has spent more than two decades in athletic administration at schools such as Oklahoma, Michigan, Virginia Tech and Eastern Kentucky.

"I'm very humbled and honored to serve as the first chairman of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee," said Long. "There is no doubt our task will be challenging. However, I am confident in the committee members' ability to determine the four best teams in college football. I look forward to getting to work."

The committee will pick the four teams to play in the national semifinals. The winners will play about a week later for the national championship.