Arkansas AD Jeff Long named first Playoff Committee chairman

The College Football Playoff selection committee has its very first chairman. Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long will preside over the men (and women) who select teams for the FBS-level playoffs.

Long will be leading the 13-person committee beginning with the 2014-15 season. On Monday, Long took to Twitter to express gratitude over his selection.

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According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, the 12 other members of the committee will be formally announced in a Dallas news conference on Wednesday. However, the names have already been reported:

• Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez

• Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Gould, a former Air Force Academy superintendent

• USC athletic director Pat Haden

• Former NCAA executive vice president Tom Jernstedt

• West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck

• Former NFL and Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning

• Former Nebraska athletic director/coach Tom Osborne

• Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich

• Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

• Former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese

• Former USA Today reporter Steve Wieberg

• Former Stanford/Notre Dame/Washington coach Tyrone Willingham