Bill Hancock, the executive director of the College Football Playoff, has been given a three-year contract extension through June 2020.

The playoff's Board of Managers announced the move Wednesday, citing his oversight of the popular event.

“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 C. Max Nikias, the President of the University of Southern California and Chairman of the Board of Managers. “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.”

The playoff was announced in 2012, replacing the BCS, and began after the 2014-15 season. It is coming off Monday's championship game in which Clemson rallied to beat Alabama 35-31 in a rematch of the 2016 game that was also a thriller.

Hancock previously spent 16 years with the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, including 13 years as its director. In 2005, he was appointed administrator of the BCS and became executive director in 2009. He was named to the same role for the playoff when it was created.

 

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