Former All-American Penn State guard John Urschel will start a three-year term on the College Football Playoff selection committee this spring. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
The College Football Playoff selection committee’s advanced mathematics credentials just soared through the roof.
The committee added three new members today, including former All-American Penn State guard John Urschel. He, Wyoming athletic director Tom Burman and Colorado athletic director Rick George, now assume three-year terms starting this spring. They replace former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, Robert Morris president Chris Howard and Oregon AD Rob Mullens, who chaired the committee last year. Their respective three-year terms expired.
Urschel is the first committee member of the 13-person committee who has Penn State ties, and he’s one of two players on the panel, joining Ronnie Lott.
I’m beyond excited to be a part of the #CFBPlayoff Selection Committee. College football is such an amazing thing, and has given me so much. Looking forward to giving back and continuing to be a part of college football in any way I can! https://t.co/aGPysMbPK2
— John Urschel (@JohnCUrschel) January 22, 2020
That’s quite an honor, for sure, for Urschel, who is the epitome of what college football should be about.
“Tom, Rick and John each bring an exciting breadth of experiences and expertise to the committee,” CFP executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement. “All three will continue the CFP tradition of committee members with high integrity and passion for the sport of college football.”
In other committee news, it announced Iowa AD Gary Barta will chair the 2020 committee. So, good day for the Big Ten, which got new and high-profile representation on the board next year.
Donnie Collins has been a member of The Times-Tribune sports staff for nearly 20 years and has been the Penn State football beat writer for Times-Shamrock Newspapers since 2004. The Penn State Football Blog covers Nittany Lions, Big Ten and big-time college football news from Beaver Stadium to the practice field, the bowl game to National Letter of Intent Signing Day. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5368; @DonnieCollinsTT