New College Football Playoff Committee announced: Clemson AD’s term expires, former coach gets nod | Sports

CLEMSON — Four seasons after he was named to the inaugural College Football Playoff selection committee in 2014, Dan Radakovich’s term has officially expired. The Clemson athletic director — who arrived in Clemson in 2012 — will open the 2018 football season for the first time without playoff duties.

Meanwhile, a former Clemson head coach will start a term of his own in the coming months. The committee announced Wednesday former Clemson head coach Ken Hatfield will get the nod to begin a three-year term this spring along with five other selected members. 

Hatfield will be joined by award-winning sports columnist Paola Boivin, Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione, former Southern California All-American and Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury and Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin.

“These are high integrity people who know and love college football,” said Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the College Football Playoff. “Each one of them has built a distinguished career based on diligence and doing things the right way. We’re delighted that they will be joining the committee.”

Hatfield comes to the committee after retiring from coaching in 2005. A graduate of Arkansas, he was a member of the 1964 Razorbacks national championship team and he eventually was the head coach of Arkansas from 1984-89. Prior to that, he was the head coach at Air Force Academy from 1979-83 and after his stint at his alma mater, he coached at Clemson from 1990-93. He coached three different FBS programs to top 20 seasons.  

As for Radakovich, the Clemson athletic director had a unique position with the playoff in that he had to be excused from the voting process every time Clemson was involved. That happened frequently — the Tigers have been in the College Football Playoff in each of the past three years. They lost the 2015 national championship game to Alabama, won the 2016 national championship against Alabama, then lost in the 2017 semifinals to Alabama on New Year’s Day. 

“Dan is without a doubt one of the best athletic directors in the country,” Clemson president Jim Clements said in 2016 when Radakovich received a contract extension. “We’ve seen incredible progress in our athletic facilities and tremendous successes on the field over the last four years, and I’m thrilled Dan wants to continue to serve at Clemson for a long time.”

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