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SBD/October 7, 2013/Colleges
Source: Condi Rice, Archie Manning The Latest Members Of The CFB Playoff Committee
Published October 7, 2013
MIXED REACTION TO RICE'S INCLUSION: ESPN's Paul Finebaum noted Rice is a "big Alabama fan" and she has "even listened to our radio show a couple of times." Finebaum: "She is very knowledgeable. Everyone knows about her wanting to be the NFL Commissioner. I like her, not so much that she knows more about college football than Archie Manning, but she’s a consensus-builder. She has integrity and this committee needs integrity. Who better to send out to talk to clowns like me after they make a bad decision?" (“College Football Live,” ESPN, 10/4). In San Jose, Jon Wilner wrote Rice's selection is "a surprise, but not a stunner." Wilner: "Whether she was one of the best of the unconventional options, I don’t know." But she is a "better pick than a half-dozen former Pac-12 coaches and athletic directors I could name who might have been part of the most powerful committee in college sports" (MERCURYNEWS.com, 10/4). But in Birmingham, Kevin Scarbinsky wrote under the header, "Condoleezza Rice Has No Business On The College Football Playoff Committee." Rice is "qualified to do a lot more things than most people, perhaps up to and including running the country, but she has no business helping to decide the four teams that'll have a shot at the national title." It is "not personal," but it is "just that college football is not her business." The sport has "never been how she's made her living." She has "never spent day after day, week after week, year after year, with college football foremost on her mind" (AL.com, 10/5).
CLARIFYING HIS STANCE: ESPN’s David Pollack took to Twitter Saturday to clarify comments he made on "College GameDay" that implied women should not be appointed to the playoff selection committee. He wrote, "I want people on the committee that eat, sleep & breathe college football during the season. It has nothing to do with male or female" (TWITTER.com, 10/5). Pollack on the show said of Rice, "I want people on this committee that have played football, that are around football, that can tell you different teams on tape, not on paper." ESPN's Chris Fowler asked, "So no woman belongs on the committee?" Pollack responded, “You said that, so yeah. ... If you can’t tell me what happened in a game, I don’t want you on the poll, committee, whatever" (“College GameDay,” ESPN, 10/5).
WHO ELSE SHOULD BE ADDED? The "GameDay" crew Saturday discussed the make-up of the selection committee and who else should be added to it. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit added, “Mike Tranghese should be team captain. He is as buttoned up as anybody I saw on that list.” ESPN’s Lee Corso noted, “If I had anybody to put on that list it would be Vince Dooley. He’s got unquestioned integrity and knowledge.” ESPN’s Desmond Howard added, “I would put Coach Corso on that list” (“College GameDay,” ESPN, 10/5).