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Jeff Long will no longer chair CFP selection committee

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long will no longer be the chair of the College Football Playoff selection committee, executive director Bill Hancock said Tuesday. Long held the position as the spokesperson for the group for the past two seasons.

He was appointed the first year by the playoff's management committee, and then unanimously re-voted to the position again in 2015 by his fellow committee members and ratified by the management committee.

"When we created the playoff, we envisioned the chair as being a one- or two-year opportunity," Hancock said. "After Jeff's first year, we said two will probably be better, let's go with two. This is not unexpected. Two years is enough. Jeff did a great job, but it's time to move on. I don't think we'll ever have anybody chair more than two years. I'll be very surprised if we have that."

Long will still be a member of the 12-person panel that sets the matchups for the semifinals.

"I am extremely proud of the work of the committee in the past two years and am confident we accomplished our mission. I want to thank the management committee, Bill Hancock and my fellow committee members for their confidence in and support of me in such an important role. I also want to thank the administration of the University of Arkansas for its support throughout my tenure," Long said in a statement.

"I look forward to continuing our work on the committee as we serve on behalf of the thousands of student-athletes competing in college football."

The CFP's management committee, which comprises the 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, will choose the group's next chairperson. They also have to appoint four new committee members, as the terms of Tom Osborne, Mike Tranghese, Mike Gould and Pat Haden expire in February.

"They felt it would be better for that decision to be made at that level," Hancock said of the management committee appointing the next chair.

Hancock said he expects the CFP to announce the four new committee members, as well as its next chairperson, this month.