Ohio State AD Gene Smith is resigning from his position on the College Football Playoff selection committee. He will not serve the third year of his three-year contract. He announced the news Friday.
Smith joined the committee back in 2017. Ohio State, the past two years, has finished No. 5 and No. 6 in the final College Football Playoff rankings.
It’s fair to wonder if Smith’s inclusion on the committee hurt the Buckeyes’ cause. As a rule, committee members who represent schools are not allowed to be in the room when their programs are discussed. That means that the past two years, there’s been no Big Ten rep really allowed to advocated for the conference’s top team.
Smith issued a statement on his decision, noting that he wants to have “100% focus” on helping Ryan Day transition into being the new head coach.
College Football Playoff committee shakeup: Ohio State AD Gene Smith stepping down a year early, Iowa AD Gary Barta replacing him.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) February 8, 2019
Iowa's Gary Barta replaces Ohio State's Gene Smith on the CFP committee.
It's a good move for the Big Ten. I mean no disrespect to Iowa when I write this: Smith's team being involved in the CFP discussions last 2 years rendered the Big Ten's voice moot.
Barta will do better.
— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) February 8, 2019
Iowa AD Gary Barta will replace Smith on the staff. He’ll be the Big Ten’s representative moving forward.
Ohio State won the first College Football Playoff back in 2014 but has only returned once since. This past year, despite finishing with a 12-1 record and a Big Ten title, the Buckeyes were left out again.
We’ll see if Smith’s decision helps the Buckeyes next year. The Buckeyes are expected to be loaded yet again.