January 15, 2016 – Kirby Hocutt is named chairman of the College Football Playoff Committee
In 2014, the new college football playoff system needed a committee (because the world needs more committees) but the Big 12 was not represented with a member in the initial group. That changed in 2015 when Kirby Hocutt was added to the committee that is tasked with picking the four playoff participants.
Then, Hocutt was promoted to chairman of the committee earlier this year as the term of the initial chairman, Arkansas AD Jeff Long expired. The promotion is confirmation of the respect Hocutt’s colleagues have for the Texas Tech AD.
The new role for Hocutt means that the leader of the Texas Tech athletic department will be seen by the nation each week during the college football season for the next two years as the face of the most influential committee in NCAA athletics. When national media want to speak to a committee member, it will be Hocutt who is on the television taking to America and in doing so, raising the profile of Texas Tech.
This position also gives Hocutt insight into what the college football playoff committee expects of teams it is considering for inclusion into the playoff. He will gain vast experience, make invaluable contacts and most importantly give more prestige to Texas Tech athletics as the committee chairman.
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