The College Football Playoff has its first-ever selection committee chair, with current Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long named to the position Monday morning.
The announcement was made over the Playoff's social media accounts, with Long appearing in an accompanying video:
Though some of the committee's early selections have proven controversial -- most notably former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice -- Long is unlikely to provoke much opposition.
An Ohio native, Long served in the athletic administrations at Virginia Tech and Oklahoma before replacing Steve Pederson as athletic director at Pitt in 2003. Long then took over as AD at Arkansas in 2008, and drew plaudits for first his 2012 firing of popular head coach Bobby Petrino over Petrino's motorcycle accident cover-up scandal, and then his (eventual) hire of Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema as Petrino's replacement.
Long is active on Twitter and tweeted the following Monday morning:
I'm humbled to serve as the College Football Playoff Selection Committee's first chairman & I am excited to work with the committee members.— Jeff Long (@jefflongUA) October 14, 2013
Other current athletic directors expected to serve on the selection committee include USC's Pat Haden and Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez -- with whom it's fair to say Long may have an interesting conversation or two during the selection process after the hire of Bielema.