College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock to retire in 2025 after 12-team format makes debut

College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock, a longtime influential college athletics administrator, will retire from his position when his contract expires on Feb. 1, 2025. His retirement will come almost immediately upon completion of the first 12-team College Football Playoff, which will be played following the 2024 season. 

Hancock, who’s recognized as the first employee of the CFP, was named the first director after the organization was created in 2012 and has worked in the role since. In his position, Hancock, 72, helped create the office that administers the playoff and handles all aspects from financials to logistics and sponsorships. 

“My time at the CFP has been a dream come true,” Hancock said in a statement. “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.”

While Hancock remains under contract until early 2025, he will continue his full-time duties as executive director only through the 2023 season. 

“We look forward to the next year under Bill’s leadership and many opportunities to recognize what he has done for the playoff,” Mississippi State president Mark Keenum, chairman of the CFP Board of Mangers, said in a statement. “We will initiate a national search for a new executive director to take over when he steps away, and I anticipate Bill will shift to a new role with the CFP in 2024 to help with the transition to our new executive director.” 

For the better part of the past two years, Hancock’s primary focus has been on the logistics of College Football Playoff expansion. The organization and its board — made up of the 10 FBS…


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