I mean you had one guy (former Auburn coach Pat Dye) saying that Rice has no place on the committee because she never played the game:
“All she knows about football is what somebody told her…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…I love Condoleezza Rice and she’s probably a good statesman and all of that but how in the hell does she know what it’s like out there when you can’t get your breath and it’s 110 degrees and the coach asks you to go some more?”
If that wasn’t bad enough, you had another guy (ESPN college football analyst David Pollack) saying on ESPN’s College GameDay” that he only wants people on the committee “that can watch tape, yes, that have played football, that are around football, that can tell you different teams, on tape, not on paper.” When asked by College GameDay host Chris Fowler if he meant that women don’t belong on the committee at all, Pollack answered “I’ll say it, yeah.”
Look, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that those dudes (and many others) are upset that a woman was selected to serve on the playoff selection committee.
Let’s look at Dye’s comment: “To understand football, you’ve got to play with your hand in the dirt…” Really coach?
If that’s the case, more than half of the college football analysts and sportswriters wouldn’t have jobs covering college football. Fowler wouldn’t be the host of “College GameDay”. Paul Finebaum would not have a successful career in sports talk radio nor a job covering the SEC for ESPN. Tom Brando would not be an ultra successful sports talk show host on CBS Sports. Hell, a huge segment of college football coaches would not be coaching.
And why stop there, look at the other folks on the selection committee. Former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese is also expected to be on the committee even though he did not play college football.
And how about the notion of the current BCS system (which I liked) that uses six computer formulas that never played college football and one poll that is based on the votes of many media members that never played college or pro football?
I could go on and on.
Rice may not know a lot about college football. But I’ll say this: if she was able to navigate through murky diplomatic waters with the likes of Russia, Iran, Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, and help manage egos in the George W. Bush administration while serving as the National Security Advisor AND Secretary of State, then I am pretty confident that not only would Rice be able to get up to speed on all that is college football, that she will be able to hold her own in a room full of good ‘ol boys in selecting the best four (which will eventually become eight) college football teams to participate in the playoffs.
I didn’t want to take a lot of time in discussing the obvious. Here’s hoping Dye and Pollack (and others) are able to take less time to see how silly and male chauvinistic their comments and thoughts were.