Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel’s role on the national stage is expanding after being named chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee for the 2024 season, which will see the playoffs expand from four to 12 teams. .
Manuel replaces Boo Corrigan, the NC State athletic director who served as president the past two seasons, CFP CEO Bill Hancock announced Thursday. Manuel, a former Michigan football player and athletic department administrator, became Michigan’s athletic director in January 2016.
“My first two years on the committee have been a great experience,” Manuel said in a statement. “I greatly respect the time and effort that each committee member puts in each week because of their commitment to the game. “I am honored to be asked to chair the committee.”
The CFP also announced several new members, whose three-year terms begin this spring: Washington State athletic director Pat Chun, former Toledo and Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades, Virginia athletic director Carla Williams and Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek.
Manuel returned to Michigan as athletic director after nearly four years as UConn’s AD. He holds three degrees from Michigan: a bachelor’s degree in general studies with a concentration in psychology in 1990, a master’s degree in social work from UM in 1993, and an MBA from UM’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business in 2005.
“We are delighted to have Warde serve as chairman,” Hancock said. “He has been a valuable member of the committee for the past two years and that experience will serve him well in leading the group. As a former student-athlete, he will also be a good spokesperson to inform fans how the committee reached its ranking.”