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Sources: CFP eyes Air Force's Richard M. Clark to be boss

Air Force Academy superintendent Richard M. Clark has emerged as the top target to become the next College Football Playoff executive director, sources told ESPN.

Clark is a former star linebacker at Air Force Falcons who went on to a distinguished career in the military that saw him rise to the level of Lieutenant General.

Sources told ESPN he impressed the College Football Playoff brass with his deep history of leadership, as he's described as having a strong history as a "leader of leaders." He emerged from a pool of three finalists who interviewed in person this week.