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Selection Committee

For more information about the selection committee, see the Selection Committee FAQs and the Selection Committee Protocol.

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Kirby Hocutt, Chair

Director of Athletics, Texas Tech University

  • Experience as athletics director at three FBS institutions .
  • College football student-athlete, four-year letterman and all-conference selection.

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Barry Alvarez

Director of Athletics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
  • Winningest head coach in University of Wisconsin history.
  • 38 years college football experience as head coach, assistant coach, student-athlete and athletics director.
  • Coach or student-athlete in 22 bowl games at four FBS institutions in three FBS conferences.

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Jeff Bower

Former Head Coach, University of Southern Mississippi

  • Spent 29 years at the University of Southern Mississippi as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach.
  • Named “Coach of the Decade” by Conference USA in 2004.

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Lloyd Carr

Former Head Coach, University of Michigan

  • Member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
  • Finished career at the University of Michigan with the third most victories in school history.

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Herb Deromedi

Former Head Coach, University of Central Michigan

  • Member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
  • Spent a combined 38 years at CMU and retired as the winningest coach in Mid-American Conference history.

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Tom Jernstedt

Former NCAA Executive Vice President

  • Served as senior-level executive, including executive vice president, deputy executive director and chief operating officer, throughout 38-year NCAA career (1972-2010).
  • Supervised NCAA Division I, II and III football, including NCAA Football Board of Directors, College Football Officiating LLC and Football Issues Committee.
  • Recruited by legendary football coach Len Casanova; four-year scholarship student-athlete, University of Oregon (1963-1967).

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Bobby Johnson

Former Head Coach, Vanderbilt University

  • 39 years college football experience as player and coach.
  • Three-year college football letterman, academic all-conference selection.

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Jeff Long

Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

  • 35 years college football experience as assistant coach, student-athlete and administrator. Athletics administration, coaching or staff positions at nine FBS institutions in seven FBS conferences.
  • Experience at FBS, FCS and Division II levels.

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Rob Mullens

Director of Athletics, University of Oregon

  • Presided over one of the most successful eras in the University of Oregon’s history.
  • Member of the Positive Coaching Alliance’s National Advisory Board.
  • Guided Oregon to its best finish ever in the Directors’ Cup, a national assessment of an athletic department’s overall achievements.

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Dan Radakovich

Director of Athletics, Clemson University

  • 30 years college football experience as student-athlete, athletics director and associate athletics director.
  • Athletic administrative positions at five FBS institutions.
  • One of 10 athletics directors serving on 2013 NCAA advisory commission to make recommendations on future rules and policies.

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Condoleezza Rice

Stanford University professor, former Stanford Provost and former United States Secretary of State

  • Former United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor.
  • Chosen four times as one of Time magazines “100 Most Influential People.”
  • Twice named “Most Powerful Woman in the World” by Forbes Magazine.
  • Best-selling author.

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Steve Wieberg

Former College Football Reporter, USA Today

  • Top college football writer for USA Today and a sportswriter for more than 30 years.
  • One of the “10 Most Powerful People in College Sports” as named by Chronicle of Higher Education (2007).
  • One of the “50 Most Influential People in College Sports” as selected by College Sports magazine (1995, 1996).

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Tyrone Willingham

Former Head Coach of Three FBS Institutions

  • Sporting News Sportsman of the Year in 2002.
  • Named 2002 Coach of the Year by ESPN/Home Depot.
  • Former head coach for three FBS institutions.
  • Coached at seven FBS programs.
  • 36 years college football experience as head coach, assistant coach and walk-on, two-sport student-athlete.