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Mark Harlan appointed to oversight committee

The director of Athletics, begins a four-year appointment as the Pac-12 representative on the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee.

University of Utah Director of Athletics Mark Harlan has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee, the NCAA has announced.

Harlan, in his second year as A.D. at Utah, joins 12 other members on the committee chaired by West Virginia A.D. Shane Lyons. His term began July 18 and will continue through June 30, 2023.

“I am honored to serve in this role on the Football Oversight Committee,” Harlan said. “College football is so important, not only to intercollegiate athletics but to our country, and there is incredible passion for the sport. To be part of expanding on the mission of improving the game and focusing on student-athletes is something I’m excited to do.”

The Football Oversight Committee—comprised of representatives from each divisional subgroup that sponsors football—works in conjunction with appropriate governance entities to provide solutions to issues impacting the health and safety of football student-athletes. The committee maintains appropriate oversight of football for both the Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision and enhances the development of the sport by advancing recommendations related to regular-season and postseason football. The committee prioritizes enhancement of the student-athlete educational experience (academically and athletically), promoting student-athletes’ personal growth and leadership development.

The committee also supervises procedures for licensing of postseason bowls and qualifications and/or selection procedures for the FCS Championship. It also provides direction to the NCAA Football Rules Committee regarding playing rules governing FBS and FCS football.

Harlan’s position as Pac-12 representative was previously held by Arizona State V.P. for University Athletics Ray Anderson. The NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee was established in 2015 as part of changes to the Division I Governance structure. Committees make recommendations to the Division I Council which advances those recommendations as pieces of legislation.

The full membership of the Football Oversight Committee includes 15 voting members, with at least one representative from each FBS conference.