"Jeff Long’s selection as the first chairman of the College Playoff Selection Committee is a clear indication of his leadership role in intercollegiate athletics. Jeff is nationally respected for his integrity and his work on behalf of student-athletes at the University of Arkansas and within the Southeastern Conference. I am appreciative of his tremendous leadership of our program and am confident he will represent our institution and all of intercollegiate athletics with great distinction in this very important position." Dave Gearhart, University of Arkansas Chancellor
"Jeff has vast experience in college football. People in intercollegiate athletics hold him in high regard. He is known for his insight, intelligence, wisdom, wit, judgment and calm demeanor. He’ll make a great chairman."Bill Hancock, College Football Playoff Executive Director
"I don’t believe that a better selection could have been made.Jeff is a forward thinker who has a successful track record of innovative thinking and getting results.He has great leadership instincts and ability, qualities will be critical to the direction of this committee.Jeff Long brings so much to the table on many levels at a very exciting time in the history of college football."Jerry Jones, Owner and General Manager, Dallas Cowboys and Board Member of the National Football Foundation"Jeff Long is a great choice for Chairman of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.He has earned the respect of not only his colleagues and peers, but of virtually everyone in the industry.He has all of the skills and experience necessary to guide this committee and will make a terrific chairman."Jim Delany, Commissioner, Big Ten Conference
"Jeff will do a terrific job serving as the first Chairman of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. He brings a wealth of experience and is known for his high standard of integrity. This is an exciting time in college football and it’s great to have his leadership as Chairman as we look to the future of postseason football."John Swofford, Commissioner, ACC
"Jeff Long is a tremendous choice to lead the Selection Committee. Jeff possesses impeccable integrity and a wealth of experience at several excellent football institutions. Jeff played the game and has participated in college football at the highest levels. The Selection Committee is in very capable and steady hands."Bob Bowlsby, Commissioner, Big 12 Conference
"In my initial meetings with Jeff Long it was apparent he is very engaging, very intelligent and he is always ahead of the curve with a plan that never yields. Obviously, this is a tremendous honor for him and great exposure for Arkansas. Looking at the list of prospective names for the committee, I know some of them personally and it is great to have the man I work for in a position to lead a group that has great balance and that is charged with making the decisions about the playoff system. This shows a lot of respect for what Jeff has done in the world of college athletics and college football."Bret Bielema, University of Arkansas Head Football Coach
"Congratulations to Jeff on his appointment as chairman of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. It is a tremendous honor to be chosen for such an important leadership position by your colleagues from around the country. Jeff will do a wonderful job and act in the best interests of college football. His appointment is also a significant moment in the history of our University and the Razorback program. I wish him all the best as he serves as chairman."Frank Broyles, Former University of Arkansas Athletic Director and Head Football Coach
"I am pleased and proud that Jeff Long has been named chairman of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. He is a person of great integrity and honesty. Jeff will do an outstanding job in his new role."Jim Weaver, Director of Athletics, Virginia Tech
"Jeff’s selection as chairman of the College Football Playoff committee is well deserved. I’ve known Jeff for a long time, and he represents the highest standard of integrity. He has a long and storied background in college football and athletic administration, and I know he will represent all of those involved on the committee very well."Brady Hoke, Head Football Coach, University of Michigan
"I am excited for Jeff and for college football because Jeff’s appointment as Chairman of the College Football Playoff Committee along with the assembly of many outstanding leaders means this transformational period of growth in our sport is in very capable hands. Jeff is highly regarded by peoplein our profession.His wisdom, background, character, integrity, judgment and consensus-building skills will serve him and the committee exceptionally well.I congratulate all who were involved.They got it right with this choice."Joe Castiglione, Athletic Director, University of Oklahoma
"Congratulations to Jeff on this well-deserved honor. I can’t think of anyone who could have been named Chairman of the College Football Playoffs who has more integrity, more ethics and more knowledge of football. It is the fair and correct choice for the chairman. He has outstanding values and is the perfect choice. When you narrow the field down, there is no one better to be put in that position."Mark May, College Football Analyst, ESPN
"Jeff is a longtime friend, who cares deeply about the game and its future. He is a true consensus builder and the perfect leader for the College Football Playoff Selection Committee."Steve Hatchell, President and CEO of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame
"Congratulations to Bill Hancock and the selection committee on naming Jeff Long, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics at the University of Arkansas, as Chair of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. It speaks volumes that the inaugural chair of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee is himself a former football student-athlete from Ohio Wesleyan University. He has paid his dues along the way and risen up the collegiate coaching and administrative ladder to reach this latest pinnacle of his career. Jeff is the perfect choice to lead this prestigious committee into the inaugural College Football Playoffs and we look forward to having one of the preeminent athletics directors in the country at the helm." Bob Vecchione, Executive Director, National Association of Directors of Athletics (NACDA)
"I have known Jeff for nearly 15 years. He has always possessed those special leadership and interpersonal qualities that will make him the perfect person to lead us and the Committee into the new playoff era. As a former player, coach, and now as an administrator, he knows the game of college football from every possible angle. It’s a challenging position, but Jeff is very analytical. He and the entire committee will work hard to guide college football to new heights in the years ahead. I’m excited about this appointment and everyone that cares about college football should be as well. Jeff is going to do a tremendous job."
Rick Baker, President, AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic"In my more than 39 years of coaching and having been associated with numerous administrators from general managers in the NFL to athletic directors in college, the unique perspective that I always felt Jeff Long had was his experience coming from a coaching perspective to an administrative perspective. Jeff has always been able to see the big picture when making decisions involving collegiate athletics."
Dave Wannstedt, Former NFL Head Coach (Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins), Former Pitt Head Coach and current Special Teams Coordinator Tampa Bay Buccaneers