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.