IRVING, Texas — Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long will serve another season as the chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, announced Long was re-elected by his fellow committee members to lead the 13-person panel.

Long was responsible for leading the committee’s weekly meetings and being the public face and voice of the committee. Hancock said Long conducted the meetings “skillfully.”

CFP SAYS IT’S NOT INTERESTED IN DATE CHANGES: The College Football Playoff said there is no interest in ESPN’s suggestion to move next season’s semifinals from New Year’s Eve to Saturday, Jan. 2.

SportsBusiness Journal reported high-ranking ESPN executives had talked to CFP officials about switching the dates for the 2016 semifinals.

“We understand and appreciate their interest in this,” CFP executive director Bill Hancock said about ESPN. “The fact is that we have started a new tradition of back-to-back tripleheaders on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. We’re not interested in changing for one year, then returning for the next 10.”

Next season’s semifinals are scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 31, at the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl. The following weekend is the last of the NFL regular season, when the league plays all its games on Sunday, leaving Saturday relatively free.

ESPN pays about $470 million a year over 12 years for TV rights to the playoff.


LUPOI HIRED AS ASSISTANT: Alabama hired Tosh Lupoi as outside linebackers coach.

Head coach Nick Saban announced the hiring of the former California and Washington assistant on Monday. Lupoi was an analyst for the Tide last season.

Lupoi was the defensive line coach and defensive run game coordinator at Washington in 2012 and 2013. He also spent four seasons as defensive line coach at California.

Around the nation

Missouri defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski said he is staying with Missouri after withdrawing from Illinois’ search for a co-defensive coordinator. ... ACC members Wake Forest and North Carolina will play a two-game nonconference series. The schools will play in Winston-Salem in 2019 and in Chapel Hill in 2021. It marks the first time members of the same major conference will play in games that won’t count in the league standings.