Ohio State AD Gene Smith stepping down from College Football Playoff committee

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The Ohio State University senior vice president and Wolfe Foundation director of athletics Gene Smith has stepped down from his position with the College Football Playoff committee.

"Serving on this committee has been an honor," Smith said. "Contributing to this great sport is always a privilege, and I will miss the time with my colleagues. It is imperative for me to have 100% focus in helping our new coach with his transition at The Ohio State University this fall."

The committee posted the announcement on Friday. Smith spent the last two seasons on the committee.

"Gene has been an invaluable member of our CFP selection committee," executive director of the College Football Playoff Bill Hancock said. "As a former football student-athlete, coach and now collegiate administrator, his influence is deeply appreciated. This is a significant time commitment, and we understand Gene's need to focus on his primary responsibility on campus."

Smith is being replaced by Iowa athletic director Gary Barta.

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