Long is rotating out of the chairman's role after the playoff's first two years.
Executive Director Bill Hancock announced Hocutt's appointment on Thursday. Hocutt served on the committee this past season, and Hancock cited his background as a former college athlete and his experience as an administrator.
Hancock called Hocutt a ''natural leader.'' He also praised Long for the job he did running the committee as the playoff launched. Alabama beat Clemson Monday night in the final to claim the national championship.