Manning takes leave of absence from selection committee

Archie Manning is resigning from this year’s work with the college football playoff selection committee for health reasons.

Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, made the announcement this morning.

Manning will have surgery next month in hopes of relieving pain he is experiencing “while walking and moving around,” according to a committee news release.

Manning, the most recognizable former Ole Miss athlete, is expected to return to the committee in 2015.

“It is an honor to serve on this committee, and I enjoy the group and was looking forward to the opportunity ahead. My health had to my primary concern, and I intend to be up and about as soon as possible,” Manning said in the release.

Manning’s former school will be a part of those playoff discussions. The Rebels are off to their best start since 1962 at 7-0 and ranked No. 3 in both major polls.

The committee, which will select the playoff’s four teams, will have 12 members for the remainder of the season. The first rankings are set to be released on Oct. 28. Selection Sunday is Dec. 7.


Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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