Former coach Bobby Johnson will replace Archie Manning on the College Football Playoff selection committee, according to the playoff’s website.
The move was a voluntary step down by Manning, who missed this past season on the committee due to health concerns. Bill Hancock, the Executive Director of the College Football Playoff, appointed Johnson, who served as the head football coach at Vanderbilt and Furman.
Manning cited wanting to watch sons Peyton and Eli, both NFL quarterbacks, play more often instead of watching the college games in addition to other time commitments that prevent him from following the college game better.
Johnson was chosen unanimously by the selection committee during a conference call on March 25th after his appointment. He played cornerback at Clemson before a 35-year career in coaching, highlighted by winning the SEC Coach of the Year in 2008 after leading Vanderbilt to its first bowl victory in 53 years in the Music City Bowl.
His selection returns the selection committee to its intended 13 voters, though it had only 12 last season as Manning was on leave for health reasons and no replacement was selected. The first rankings in 2015 will be released in October, with the final rankings that determine the playoff released the weekend of the conference championship games in early December.