OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss legend and former NFL star Archie Manning is taking a leave of absence from the College Football Playoff Selection Committee to focus on his health.
Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff announced Monday that Manning is having complications from a recent knee replacement surgery. He will undergo another surgery next month to relieve discomfort, and will not be able to travel to committee meetings. “We will miss Archie,” Hancock said in a written statement. “But we understand his reason for taking a leave. I wish him all the best and look forward to his return in 2015.”
Manning’s leave is effective immediately. “It is an honor to serve on this committee; and I enjoy the group and was looking forward to the opportunity ahead,” he said. “My health had to be my primary concern and I intend to be up and about as soon as possible.”
The committee will continue this year with only 12 members. Manning is expected to return for the 2015 season.