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Former Rice HC Ken Hatfield Among Six Named To College Football Playoff Committee

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Former Rice head coach Ken Hatfield was one of six new members named to the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, CFP executive director Bill Hancock announced on Wednesday.

Hatfield will serve a three-year term on the committee, which is responsible for selecting the top four teams in the playoff and assigning them to semifinal games as well as placing the next group of teams in the remaining New Year’s bowls. The committee meets in-person beginning late in the football season and produces a ranking of the top 25 teams each week, leading up to its final selections.

The Arkansas alum coached at Rice from 1994 to 2005, compiling a 55–78–1 during that stretch. He also had coaching stops at Air Force, Arkansas and later Clemson. Hatfield retired from coaching following the 2005 season.

Former Arizona Republic sportswriter Paola Boivin, University of Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione, former USC star Ronnie Lott, Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury and University of Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin were the others appointed to the committee on Wednesday.

The two playoff semifinals will take place on December 29, 2018 at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and the Capital One Orange Bowl. The winners of the two games will meet January 7, 2019 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.


Tony Venegas is an assistant editor with TexasHSFootball, covering prep football in the El Paso region and collegiate and professional football throughout the state. Follow him on Twitter,@advenegas, and read more of his content here.


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