Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt has been named the Big 12’s representative on the College Football Playoff committee, replacing former West Virginia AD Oliver Luck who left to join the NCAA.
In a statement, Hocutt said he was excited and honored to join the committee.
“I look forward to working with such a distinguished group of individuals in what has instantly become one of our nation’s most successful sporting events. I sincerely appreciate the confidence that (Big 12) commissioner (Bob) Bowlsby and the CFP management committee have placed in me with this appointment.”
The Big 12’s choices were somewhat limited. Texas AD Steve Patterson told league officials he wasn’t interested. Oklahoma’s Joe Castiglione’s time is eaten up with being on the NCAA Division I basketball tournament selection committee.
TCU’s Chris Del Conte and Baylor’s Ian McCaw were seen as non-starters. Both of their schools were embroiled in CFP controversy last season over which team deserved to advance in the event of a co-championship.
Big 12 insiders believed Hocutt and Iowa State’s Jamie Pollard made smart options, given their respect level around the conference.
Hocutt played football at Kanas State under coach Bill Snyder and led the Big Eight conference in tackles as a junior. He later went into college administration, earning his stripes under Castiglione at Oklahoma and eventually taking over at Texas Tech in March 2011.
“Kirby Hocutt has distinguished himself as a college football player and a top administrator,” commented Bowlsby, “His background is well suited for the rigors of the Committee. I appreciate his willingness to serve.”
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