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New members announced for the College Football Playoff committee

18 January 2018

The newest members of the College Football Playoff selection committee were announced on Wednesday, and one has a strong tie to Florida. The other five are: Paola Boivin, Joe Castiglione, Ken Hatfield, Ronnie Lott and Todd Stansbury. "We're delighted that they will be joining the committee".

Scott Stricklin, the Gators' director of athletics, was among the six new committee members who will begin serving a three-year term this spring.

The new members undoubtedly have the experience to be on the committee, but the Playoff could have done a lot more to try and fix one of its ongoing criticisms.

Athletic directors are recused - meaning they can't be present - during voting or deliberations about their team's selection or seeding, but may answer "factual questions" about their institution, according to CFP policy.

Castiglione, who has led the Sooners' athletic department since 1998, has served on the NCAA baseball committee, and was the chair of the men's basketball committee (2015-16). Castiglione is Oklahoma's athletic director. He replaces Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt in that role.

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Each committee member serves one three-year term.

Boivin worked as a sports columnist for the Arizona Republic and now works at Arizona State's journalism school.

Lott played professional football for 14 seasons before retiring in 1995.

Hatfield has a career record of 168-140-4 as a head coach at Air Force, Arkansas, Clemson and Rice.

Mullens and Castiglione have this in common: in Division I athletics, only OR and Oklahoma have won three OR more NCAA team championships in the last three years. The Arkansas graduate was a defensive back on the 1964 national championship team.

New members announced for the College Football Playoff committee