University of Oklahoma Vice President and Athletics Director Joe Castiglione has been selected to serve a three-year term on the College Football Playoff selection committee, the CFP announced Wednesday.
Castiglione, who is one of six new members on the 13-person committee, will begin his term this spring. The other new members are Paola Boivin (retired sports columnist), Ken Hatfield (former Air Force, Arkansas, Clemson and Rice head coach), Ronnie Lott (former NFL player and Pro Football Hall of Fame member), Todd Stansbury (Georgia Tech athletics director) and Scott Stricklin (Florida athletics director).
"These are high-integrity people who know and love college football," said CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock. "Each one of them has built a distinguished career based on diligence and doing things the right way. We're delighted that they will be joining the committee."
Castiglione will join returning committee members Frank Beamer (former Murray State and Virginia Tech head coach), Jeff Bower (former Southern Mississippi head coach), Herb Deromedi (former Central Michigan head coach), Chris Howard (Robert Morris University president), Bobby Johnson (former Furman and Vanderbilt head coach), Rob Mullens (Oregon athletics director) and Gene Smith (Ohio State athletics director).
"Being asked to serve as a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee is indeed a supreme honor," said Castiglione. "I'm grateful to Commissioner (Bob) Bowlsby and the Big 12 Conference for their faith in me. I'm also very thankful of President (David) Boren, my staff, my wife and family for the support they provide. They truly understand what embracing the magnitude of these major national leadership roles really means.
"I'm confident that the many unique experiences and perspectives I've developed have prepared me well for this responsibility. I'm especially looking forward to joining 12 other outstanding leaders as we collectively fulfill the role we have been given. College football has been great to me throughout my career. This is a way I can pay it forward."
The nation's best athletics director according to 2017 Sports Illustrated polls of media and athletics directors, Castiglione has presided over an OU department that has produced 17 national team championships during his 19-plus years in Norman, including seven over the past two years. He was named athletics director of the year in 2004 by the Bobby Dodd Foundation and in 2009 by Sports Business Journal. He was also a finalist for SBJ's award in 2016.
A three-term the chair of the Big 12 Board of Athletics Directors, Castiglione was appointed to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee in November 2011 and served through the 2015-16 season, the same year he was the committee's chair. He also served a four-year term on the NCAA Baseball Committee.
Castiglione was named OU athletics director in 1998 after spending the previous 17 years at the University of Missouri. He started his MU career as the director of communications and marketing before being named the athletics director in 1993. The 1979 Maryland graduate began his professional career as the sports promotions director at Rice before going to Georgetown as director of athletics fundraising and then on to Missouri.