Ohio State AD Gene Smith stepping down from College Football Playoff Committee

    Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer, right, answers questions as athletic director Gene Smith listens during a news conference in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. Ohio State suspended Meyer on Wednesday for three games for mishandling domestic violence accusations, punishing one of the sport's most prominent leaders for keeping an assistant on staff for several years after the coach's wife accused him of abuse. Athletic director Smith was suspended from Aug. 31 through Sept. 16. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

    Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith is stepping down from the College Football Playoff Committee. The executive director of the College Football Playoff Bill Hancock made the announcement on Friday.

    "Gene has been an invaluable member of our CFP selection committee," Hancock said. "As a former football student-athlete, coach and now collegiate administrator, his influence is deeply appreciated. This is a significant time commitment, and we understand Gene's need to focus on his primary responsibility on campus."

    Hancock announced that Gary Barta, the University of Iowa Henry B. & Patricia B. Director of Athletics Chair, has been appointed to the selection committee by the CFP Management Committee. His three-year term begins this spring.

    Barta replaces Ohio State Senior Vice President & Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director Smith, who is stepping down after two years of service.

    Smith commented that the decision was made to help new Ohio State head football coach Ryan Day transition into his new role.

    "Serving on this committee has been an honor," Smith said. "Contributing to this great sport is always a privilege, and I will miss the time with my colleagues. It is imperative for me to have 100% focus in helping our new coach with his transition at The Ohio State University this fall."

    For more information on the selection committee, visit www.collegefootballplayoff.com.

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