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SBD/October 9, 2013/Colleges
On-Air Sports Pundits Denounce Talk That Rice Is Not Suited For CFB Playoff Committee
Published October 9, 2013
SMART PEOPLE WANTED: L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke said, "What the college football system needs is smart people. What the BCS has done for years has been dumb. This is smart. She is smart. ... I bet she'll be the most educated person in that room and that's what college football needs." Denver Post columnist Woody Paige noted Rice is the daughter of a high school football coach and said, "Her aspiration in life was to become commissioner of the NFL. She's paid attention to it." Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw: "Let me see if I have this straight -- she was qualified to be Secretary of State, she's not qualified to look at stats or tapes and tell if an Oklahoma or an Ohio State is the fourth-best team in the country?" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 10/8). SI's Lee Jenkins said he wonders why Rice is "choosing this for her next act." Jenkins: "I know she’s a professor at Stanford. It seems like she could be doing something more important than deciding whether Georgia gets the three or the four seed. But if this is really the way she wants to head with the next phase of her career or her life, I think the committee should be happy to have her given the diverse background she represents” ("Rome," CBSSN, 10/8).