The College Football Playoff Selection Committee has officially replaced Archie Manning. Executive Director of the College Football Playoff Bill Hancock announced the decision on Friday.
“Everyone on the committee is going to miss Archie,” Hancock said. “He is an all-star and he knows college football inside and out. On the other hand, we are delighted to welcome Bobby to the committee. His extensive knowledge of the sport and his notable integrity make him a perfect member of this group.”
Manning will be replaced by former coach Bobby Johnson.
“I was honored when I was chosen to be on the College Football Playoff Selection Committee,” Manning said in a press release. “It’s a great group of people and they did a wonderful job last year. But as I look ahead to the various commitments I have – to my family, numerous time obligations around the country and to other conflicting demands – I have concluded that I won’t be able to return to the committee. I particularly want to watch Peyton and Eli play, in person when I can, and it’s hard to do that when weekends are devoted to watching college games. This is not an easy choice, but it’s the right choice for Olivia and me.”
“The College Football Playoff is a big hit and I wish my colleagues the very best.”
The committee unanimously chose Johnson, who has spent more than 39 years with Vanderbilt, Clemson and Furman, as Manning’s replacement during a conference call on March 25.
“I have tremendous respect for the selection committee and I am honored to join the group,” said Johnson. “As a former player and coach, I’m particularly happy about the opportunity to continue to serve the game.”
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