October 8th, 2013 11:02 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Air Force Academy, Alabama, Archie Manning, BCS, Condoleezze Rice
The addition of Condoleezza Rice to the new college football playoff selection committee is being widely hailed as a genius move. At this point — as Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com points out — no one can dare question the intelligence of any of those selected to be on the most-powerful panel in the history of college football:
“After reviewing the names of the 12 named to date, one word comes to mind: unassailable. This isn’t a sports committee, it’s a presidential cabinet. Rice is part of it. So is (ex-Stanford coach Tyrone) Willingham. Even in football coaching absentia, he projects an air of authority, knowledge and trust. So do Archie Manning, USC’s Pat Haden, Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez and Tom Osborne.
There’s a retired lieutenant general who was superintendent of the Air Force Academy. How do you ask Michael Gould, a man who has spent a life training men to go to war, why Boise State didn’t get in?
As national security adviser, Rice spent part of her life outscheming terrorists. It seems almost inappropriate chatting her up on how Alabama outschemed Georgia.
You see what the BCS commissioners — oops, now called the Management Committee — have done here, right? They’ve made what projects to be the most powerful body in amateur athletics Teflon. I’m sure there will be tough questions to ask these people in the future I’m just not sure how to ask them. After reading the roster, football just doesn’t seem important.”
That, of course, is the problem with putting non-football people — like Rice — on the panel. “Football doesn’t seem important.”
But point out that fact as former Auburn coach Pat Dye did yesterday and you’ll be labeled a chauvinist. That’s where CBSSports.com’s Tom Fornelli went when he heard these comments from Dye:
“All she knows about football is what somebody told here. 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 Condoleezze 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?”
Yeah. Maybe that’s what he meant. Or maybe he meant Rice has never had a thing to do with football and is just a fan. Which is the case. Aside from the fact she served in the George W. Bush administration — and half the country would view that as a negative rather than a positive — what football clout can she boast other than being a mega-fan?
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