Controversy over Condoleezza Rice on CFP selection committee stupid, sexist

The college football selection committee was officially announced Wednesday and the most notable member on the list isn’t a former coach or player, it’s the lone woman on the board, former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Apparently though, the woman part doesn’t go over well with some people.

Among those who have a problem with her being a woman are ESPN “College GameDay” analyst David Pollack and former Auburn head coach Pat Dye. Both voiced their opinions loud and clear for all to hear.

Pollack began the commentary on this ridiculous controversy over Rice by openly disagreeing with the rest of the “GameDay” crew on air on Oct. 5:

“Now I’m going to stick my foot in my mouth, probably. I want people on this committee that can watch tape, that have played football, that are around football, that can tell you different teams on tape, not on paper.”

Dye echoed Pollack’s sentiments just two days later on Birmingham, Ala.’s WJOX morning show “The Opening Drive”:

“All she knows about football is what somebody told her,” Dye said. “Or what she read in a book, or what she saw on television. To understand football, you’ve got to play with your hand in the dirt.”

So, did Rice ever put her “hand in the dirt”? No, probably not. Can she break down film as well as fellow committee members Barry Alvarez, Archie Manning, Tom Osborne or Tyrone Willingham? I highly doubt it.

So, I guess with those things being said, she has no place on being on the board, right? Wrong.

Sure, Rice probably doesn’t have quite the football mind that some of the other committee members do, but she certainly isn’t ignorant about the sport.

In a teleconference this past Wednesday when the selection committee was officially announced, Rice mentioned a historic football game played between Notre Dame and Michigan State back in 1966 that decided that the national champion that year. If she can go back that far in time to reminisce about a football game, I’m sure she can tell you the difference between a 3-4 and 4-3 defense.

If you have your doubts, I’ll list a few supporting details for you: 1) Rice’s father was a football coach. (I’m confident she was able to pick up some of the basics from that.) 2) She has said she is a big college football fan. Yeah, politicians might be known to lie a time or two, but I have reason to believe she would lie about something as minuscule as being a fan of a sport. She was even spotted at the Stanford-Washington game earlier this month. 3) Heck, she was born in Birmingham and lived in Tuscaloosa, Ala., growing up. Believe me when I say a whole lot of people know their football around here, women included.

So basically, what we’re getting from both Pollack and Dye, as well as even some columnists and Twitter pundits, is subliminal sexist remarks, but most of them – probably all of them – are too oblivious, too stupid, to realize it.

There are people who really have a problem with a woman being on this committee? Tell me, what exactly is so wrong about a woman being on the committee? Better yet, tell me what exactly is going to be so difficult about determining the four best teams in the nation at season’s end to compete in a playoff?

Let’s not pretend that picking these teams is going to be some kind of tough task, because it’s not. Want to know what’s harder? Picking the NCAA basketball tournament at-large teams. Want to know what’s even harder than that? Making decisions as secretary of state, where most moves will have implications.

If you want to know the truth, Rice is far and away the most-overqualified person on this selection committee. In fact, and I mean no disrespect to the rest of the committee because they are all great, but she is probably smarter than several of them put together.

If there’s any problem at all, it’s this new method of crowning a college football champion, not Rice.

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