Bill Hancock's road from Hobart to head of the College Football Playoff

College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock’s journey to one of the most prominent jobs in college sports began in tiny Hobart. How did he go from small-town kid to big-time player in college football?
by Jenni Carlson Published: August 23, 2014

College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock’s journey to one of the most prominent jobs in college sports began in tiny Hobart, Okla. How did he go from small-town kid to big-time player in college football?

Here’s a look at the milestones in his career:

1971: Hired as assistant sports information director at OU, his alma mater.

1974: Became publisher of the Hobart Democrat-Chief, returning to his hometown and taking over the family business after his father’s death.

1978: Hired as media relations director at the Big Eight.

1988: Co-chair of local organizing committee for Final Four in Kansas City.

1989: Hired as the first director of the Final Four by the NCAA, which created the position to oversee the administration of the men’s basketball tournament and its culminating event.

2005: Hired as the first full-time BCS administrator, taking over a job previously held on a rotating basis by a conference commissioner. Position was renamed BCS executive director four years later.

2012: Hired as the first executive director of the College Football Playoff.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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