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CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock to Retire in 2025

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College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock has announced he will retire when his contract expires on February 1, 2025, according to a press release from the CFP.

“My time at the CFP has been a dream come true,” said Hancock. “I cherish what I do and the folks I get to work with. And I do love college football. Now I will run through the tape, as the track coaches say, and then I will enjoy whatever next steps are waiting for Nicki and me.”

Hancock, 72, has been the CFP Executive Director since the event was created back in 2012, and was the only CFP employee at the time.


Then, the leaders of the 10 FBS conferences (and Notre Dame) directed him to “finalize the details of a media rights agreement, negotiate agreements with bowl games and championship-game host cities, build a staff, find office space, contact members to serve on the selection committee, and draft protocol and procedures for the committee to use.”

Since then, the College Football Playoff has been used to crown college football’s champion and has been wildly successful for nine years.

“The plan was established several years ago for me to notify the CFP Board of Managers a year in advance if I decided to step aside, in order to provide ample time to plan a smooth transition to the next executive director,” Hancock said.


“I’m advising the board now, so the new executive director will have a long on-ramp, as he or she prepares to guide the CFP into the 12-team era.”

Hancock will retain his current duties through the 2023-2024 season. In his time serving college athletics, Hancock has the unique distinction of being the first full-time director of the NCAA Men’s Final Four, the first administrator of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), and the first director of the College Football Playoff.

In 2024, the College Football Playoff will expand to 12 teams after 10 seasons with just four teams. Hancock will oversee the inaugural year of an expanded playoff before stepping down and handing things off to someone else.

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