According to a report from ESPN’s Heather Dinich, Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione will join the College Football Playoff selection committee this season. An official announcement is expected to come next month.
Sources: Oklahoma AD to be on CFP committee https://t.co/94Xgqf9iwJ— Heather Dinich (@CFBHeather) January 16, 2018
Castiglione, who has overseen the athletic department since 1998, also served on the selection committee for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament for five seasons and served as the chair in 2015-16. He has also served on the NCAA Baseball selection committee in the past.
Six current members, including Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt, are on the way out in 2018. With Hocutt’s departure, Castiglione is expected to be the Big 12’s representative. Something tells me that Oklahoma fans are slightly in favor of this trade-off after listening to some of the things Hocutt has uttered during the past two stretch runs.
Last year, Castiglione was voted the best AD in the country by both the AD and his peers, which isn’t surprising considering what the Oklahoma Sooners have accomplished across so many sports during his tenure. Since 1998, Oklahoma has won national championships in football (2000), softball (2000, 2013, 2016, 2017), men’s gymnastics (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2015, 2016, 2017), women’s gymnastics (2014, 2016, 2017) and men’s golf (2017) along with dozens of conference and individual championships across all sports.
Each committee member serves a three-year term, so Castiglione will be on the committee through the 2020 season.