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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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Jeff Long, Chair

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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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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Lieutenant General Mike Gould

Former Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy

  • Former Superintendent of U.S. Air Force Academy.
  • Retired three-star general and highly decorated Air Force officer.
  • Former Air Force aide to the President of the United States.
  • Command pilot with 3261 flying hours.

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Pat Haden

Director of Athletics, University of Southern California

  • Two-time college football national championship winner as quarterback for the University of Southern California.
  • Pro Bowl selection with the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams.
  • Rhodes Scholar, businessman and attorney [Lillick, McHose & Charles (1982-1987), Riordan, Lewis & Haden (1987-2010)].
  • 19 years on USC Board of Trustees.

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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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Oliver Luck

Director of Athletics, West Virginia University

  • Two-time team MVP and record-setting quarterback for West Virginia University.
  • NFL quarterback for the Houston Oilers.
  • Executive positions with the NFL, Harris County-Houston Sports Authority and Major League Soccer.
  • Currently serves on the NFL’s Player Safety Advisory Committee.

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Archie Manning*

Former University of Mississippi Quarterback and All-Pro NFL Quarterback

  • Member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
  • Southeastern Conference quarterback of the quarter century (1950-1975).
  • SEC Most Valuable Player.
  • Two-time all-SEC.
  • NFL quarterback and two-time Pro Bowl selection with the New Orleans Saints.

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Tom Osborne

Former Head Coach and Director of Athletics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • Member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
  • Three college football national championships, 12 Big 8 conference championships and one Big 12 championship.
  • Winningest head coach in Nebraska history and eighth highest number of wins in history for major college football coaches.
  • ESPN Coach of the Decade for the 1990s.
  • 42 years college football experience as head coach, assistant coach, student-athlete and athletics director.

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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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Mike Tranghese

Former Commissioner of the Big East Conference

  • Longest-serving commissioner of the Big East Conference.
  • Leading manager of the launch of Big East football in 1991.
  • Served on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee from 1996-2001.
  • Lead administrator of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) in 2003 and 2004.

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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.