Kansas State Wildcats athletic director Gene Taylor will join the College Football Playoff Selection Committee for a three-year term, beginning with the 2021 football season.
Taylor is replacing Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte.
Taylor noted his gratitude for the selection in a release sent out by the Big 12 Conference.
“I am grateful to be selected to serve on the CFP Selection Committee, and I look forward to this exciting opportunity,” Taylor said. “I appreciate the Big 12 nominating me. The committee has a very important job to select the best football teams, and I am thrilled to be a part of this process.”
Taylor took over as the athletic director at K-State in 2017. Before that, Taylor served as the deputy athletics director at the University of Iowa from 2014-17. From 2001-2014, he was the athletics director at North Dakota State.
Taylor now wades into one of the toughest, and most-scrutinized jobs in college football, serving on the committee that selects the teams for the College Football Playoffs. He’s also joining the committee at an auspicious time, as the CFP is considering an expansion of the playoffs. The current proposal being considered is a 12-team model that would take the Top 6 conference champions and the Top 6 at-large teams. It’s not certain if the model, if approved, would be implemented before the end of the current TV contract.
Taylor is also joining the committee at a time of great tumult in the Big 12, caused in part by his Big 12 predecessor on the committee. Del Conte and the Texas Longhorns, along with the Oklahoma Sooners, are set to join the SEC after the 2024-25 athletic year, which is when the Big 12’s grant of media rights ends. The remaining Big 12 teams are trying to assess their futures, as Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby met with Pac-12 leadership on Tuesday.
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