According to an official statement released by the board of managers of Wednesday morning, the College Football Playoff has announced a three-year contract extension for executive director Bill Hancock. As a result, Hancock will now remain at the helm of the College Football Playoff through the 2020 season.
It is also worth noting that he has remained atop the playoff since its inaugural season three years ago.
“Bill Hancock is not only one of the most widely respected people in college football, he’s one of the kindest, most decent, and able people anyone will ever meet.” said the president of the University of Southern California and chairman of the board of managers, C. Max Nikias. “Under Bill’s leadership, the playoff for three years in a row has been a huge success, making it an event that is loved by fans, students and alumni throughout the country. We’re delighted to extend the contract of a man who is so dedicated to helping students be successful in college and in life.”
This year’s installment of the College Football Playoff was yet another success as the national championship between the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide produced one of the more memorable college football games in recent memory.
“Bill Hancock has achieved a unique trifecta at the highest echelon of intercollegiate athletics,” reads his official information section of the College Football Playoff website. “He was the first full-time director of the NCAA Final Four, the first executive director of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and the first executive director of the College Football Playoff. Using experiences gained during his remarkable five-decade career Hancock led the conference commissioners and university presidents in creating the playoff. Then he directed a talented staff in launching the event from scratch. The playoff is a phenomenal success; in its first year, it was named Sports Event of the Year by Sports Business Journal. His five-decade career began in 1971 when he became assistant sports information director at the University of Oklahoma.”