by Rob Moseley
Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens has been selected to serve a three-year term on the College Football Playoff selection committee, playoff officials announced Thursday.
Mullens, in his sixth year with the Ducks, will fill one of four committee seats that came open following the recently completed season. He will be one of five sitting athletic directors on the committee, joining Barry Alvarez of Wisconsin, Kirby Hocutt of Texas Tech, Jeff Long of Arkansas and Dan Radakovich of Clemson.
“It is truly an honor to serve on the College Football Playoff selection committee,” Mullens said. “I am looking forward to serving alongside the other distinguished members.”
Mullens will join the other 12 members of the committee in helping select the four playoff participants each of the next three seasons. The committee meets on a weekly basis beginning at midseason to assemble a top 25 ranking, then selects the playoff participants following the regular season.
The committee's recusal policy will excuse Mullens from deliberations and votes involving the Ducks should they arise. But he’ll bring a broad base of experience to the table for the committee, having worked at Miami (Fla.), Maryland and Kentucky prior to his arrival at Oregon.
“Rob has always been completely in tune with our program and is passionate about college football,” UO football coach Mark Helfrich said. “He’s knowledgeable, detail-oriented and will bring a level of energy and commitment necessary for this role.”
In order to prevent a complete turnover of committee members following the first three years of the playoff, members of the inaugural committee were given terms of staggered lengths. Thus, four members saw their terms expire following the 2015 season, among them USC athletic director Pat Haden.
Mullens was nominated for a seat by the Pac-12 Conference. The appointments were made by the playoff's management committee.
Committee membership will require Mullens to attend six weekly selection meetings, beginning for the 2016 season on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. The final selection meeting will be held over the last weekend of the regular season, Dec. 2-4.
Mullens’ selection is a distinguished honor for an athletic director who led Oregon to a 13th-place finish in last year’s Director’s Cup standings, highest among schools with 18 or fewer sports sponsored by the NCAA. The Ducks have finished in the top 15 four times, something no other program with 18 or fewer sports has done.