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Report: Condoleezza Rice to be on playoff committee

Condoleezza Rice, David Shaw AP

Last year, Condoleezza Rice was one of two women to become the first female members of famed Augusta National.

Now, the former Secretary of State is set to break down yet another gender barrier.

Citing a person with direct knowledge of the process, the Associated Press is reporting that Rice, the daughter of a long-time Alabama high school football coach, will be part of the selection committee for the College Football Playoff.  As has been the case with all previous reports attaching names to the committee, no one connected to the new playoff system will confirm or deny that Rice will be a part of determining a national champion in college football.

Rice served as Stanford’s provost from 1993-99 before leaving to become National Security Advisor under George W. Bush, becoming the first woman to ever hold that title.  She served as Secretary of State from 2005-09.

In 2009, Rice rumored to be a candidate to become the commissioner of the then-Pac-10.  She briefly considered the offer but ultimately declined the opportunity.  Her name was also floated as a potential replacement for Bob Bowlsby as Stanford’s athletic director.

While Rice has had no official connection to the game of football, she’s been around it her entire life.

“Everybody always is [surprised], and they don’t understand,” she said in talking about her knowledge of the game. “I probably would have written several more books had it not been for the NFL on Sunday.”

Early last decade, Rice stated during multiple interviews that being NFL commissioner has long been her dream job.

“I really consider myself a student of the game,” Rice said in a 2002 interview with the New York Times. ”I find the strategy and tactics absolutely fascinating. I find the evolution of the game really interesting. Again, as it relates to military history. Military history has swung back and forth between advantage to the offense and advantage to the defense. When the offense has the advantage, then a new technology will come along that will temporarily give the defense the advantage and vice versa. Football has that kind of pattern, too.”

According to a report that surfaced today, the names of the selection committee members will be announced Nov. 11.

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32 Responses to “Report: Condoleezza Rice to be on playoff committee”
  1. normtide says: Oct 4, 2013 2:33 PM

    I remember when she brought the British PM to an Alabama football game. Love or hate her, the women loves her done football. I’m reserving judgment until I see the full, official board.

  2. dcroz says: Oct 4, 2013 2:43 PM

    Slight correction, normtide: It was British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw that she brought with her to the 2005 Alabama-Tennessee game. That one ended with a 6-3 Tide victory. With three FGs accounting for all the scoring, you have believe Straw thought to himself, “How the bloody hell is this any different from what we call football?”

  3. normtide says: Oct 4, 2013 2:53 PM

    My bad D. There was two blocked field goals that game. I think the UT rb fumbled going into the end zone late in the game. I want to say it was foster, but could be wrong there too.

  4. bucrightoff says: Oct 4, 2013 3:17 PM

    Shouldn’t there be a standard that war criminals are disqualified from consideration?

  5. openseason51 says: Oct 4, 2013 3:21 PM

    Biased is what this playoff is going to be.

  6. liverpoolred04 says: Oct 4, 2013 3:21 PM

    Didn’t she graduate from Alabama? if true go figure that she’d be on the committee

  7. overratedgators says: Oct 4, 2013 3:33 PM

    So in other words, she’ll be sending in Air Force every year and leaving Army to fend for themselves.

  8. idolized1 says: Oct 4, 2013 3:39 PM

    Thank God Obama isn’t involved in college football.

    First thing that would happen is the schools that don’t want to allocate a lot of money towards their football program would receive little bonuses and monetary assistance from the larger schools that have bigger athletic budgets, just to keep everyone equal.

    Then the smaller schools wouldn’t have to try as hard recruiting athletes since their facilities would be on par with the larger schools and they would slowly be able to build their programs up.

    The larger schools would have less money after giving it to the New Mexico State’s of the world and face the possibility of losing depth since the smaller schools would become more attractive for those talented reserves that are seeking playing time.

    This would make for a more balanced football season and possibly provoke the larger schools to quit working so hard to build up their programs.

    The larger schools athletic income would be decreasing and they would also decrease their funding since their profit margin would be lower.

    The small schools would complain that the bigger schools aren’t giving away the large amounts of money that they now feel entitled too and the big schools would be tired of trying so hard if they keep having to share their profits with the smaller ones.

    Obama would implement some stupid, unpopular rule and the SEC, Big 10 and Big 12 would refuse to take the field in protest.

    Then Obama would get pissed, refuse to compromise with anyone, and shut down college football forever.

    The end.

  9. tendigitpoet says: Oct 4, 2013 3:46 PM


  10. scoops1 says: Oct 4, 2013 3:49 PM

    the only thing worse then this is when a Woman announces the winner of the Heisman

    I’m all for equal rights but theres few places women don’t belong…..

  11. sportsdrenched says: Oct 4, 2013 3:50 PM

    Some of you need to mix in some Wikipedia or Google or something. Condi’s Undergrad was at Denver University, Masters at Notre Dame, back to Denver University for her Phd. As mentioned above she has was the provost at Stanford in the mid-90’s and that’s not the only position she’s held there. If anything, if she were to have bias I think it would be Stanford or Pac-12.

    She’s obviously a bright person. If her passion for football is what she claims, and she puts that brain power into picking the 4 teams involved in a college football playoff….I think it’ll be more than OK.

  12. doggeatdogg says: Oct 4, 2013 3:51 PM

    She is quite knowledgeable about football and has been thought of as a potential NFL commissioner. But this is not a bad start. She will bring a different perspective to the game. At least be happy we are finally on the road to the overdue playoff system. And please don’t compare her to Obama. They have nothing in common.

  13. cfballfan1 says: Oct 4, 2013 3:53 PM

    Now that is one smart move!

    She has brains, knowledge of the game, and the guts to do whats right – unlike certain other recent female SOS’.

  14. deepcover757 says: Oct 4, 2013 4:04 PM

    Hey idol this is about Condi not the prez ahole

  15. imaduffer says: Oct 4, 2013 4:23 PM

    Maybe Collin Powell will show up with a vile of antler spray so we can invade Alabama and free their people.

  16. drummerhoff says: Oct 4, 2013 4:27 PM

    Now its official: CFP has ‘jumped the shark’ before it every started.

    Condi Rice on the playoff committee is the equivalent of Nissan having a Heisman trophy vote.

  17. teambringitstrong says: Oct 4, 2013 4:46 PM

    One- You should get the facts 1st.
    Tw0- Never reproduce.
    Three- Stop breathing.

  18. normtide says: Oct 4, 2013 5:51 PM

    Don’t expect to be happy with every member selected to the committee. I’m just hoping it’s balanced.

    Teamb- so, if you don’t like the current president, you can’t have children? Can you say “cult of personality”? North Korea is proud of you.

  19. Slim Charles says: Oct 4, 2013 5:54 PM

    The funniest thing about this article is the amount of time the guy above probably spent to write his multi-paragraph post crying about Obama. lmao

  20. dmvtransplant says: Oct 4, 2013 6:20 PM

    Just so I’m clear this is her qualifications:

    1. Dad is a High School football coach

    2. 3 Degrees (in basket weaving)

    3. Ran a college (that was considering terminating it’s football program prior to 2007/Harbaugh)

    4. Advised President on National Security – 9/11 Happens

    5. Secretary of State – American is never more hated during this period

    6. Season Ticket Member – Stanford Women’s Basketball

    So I guess having your dad be a High School football coach is the only real qualification? If so I can think of at least 60-75 people that should have their names be on the short list.

  21. mikeinthevine says: Oct 4, 2013 6:29 PM

    idolized1, more republican’t tripe. Go back to watching Rush. Oh, that’s right, the drug addict doesn’t have a show anymore.

  22. eagles512 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:51 PM

    Idolized-great stuff. And scarily true

  23. idolized1 says: Oct 4, 2013 8:58 PM

    No worries about me reproducing, teambringitstrong – Your mother only does anal.

  24. florida727 says: Oct 4, 2013 9:57 PM

    I’ll tell you what I like about Condi Rice: she never holds a press conference to let you know she’s going to hold a press conference. She does things behind the scenes and never seeks to have her name be the one in lights.

    Is she qualified for this position? Who knows? Time will tell, as the saying goes. Politics aside, I do like the humility with which she lives her life. I think she’s a terrific role model for young girls to emulate.

  25. scubagolfjim says: Oct 4, 2013 10:03 PM

    Well if she does get on the selection committee, I seriously hope she knows more about college football than she did/does about National Security.

    Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States…“Don’t worry about reading it Mr. President, it’s probably not that important. Now go on out there and chop some more wood for the press.” – Aug 06, 2001

  26. scubagolfjim says: Oct 4, 2013 10:13 PM

    @”idolized1″ – “Idolized…” LOL!! Now THAT</ made me laugh!

    Not sure if he’s making up for his small mind or his small penis. Reading between the lines of his “post,” he appears to have both.

  27. Anoesis says: Oct 5, 2013 1:13 AM

    If watching the NFL on Sundays is what qualifies you to pick college playoff teams I guess I won’t bother waiting by the phone.

  28. hatesycophants says: Oct 5, 2013 5:23 PM

    Stevelibradi’s comment is perfectly emblematic of the ideology of the typical NBC Sports Talk poster.

    Well done, ladies and gentlemen!

  29. darkbluegarage says: Oct 7, 2013 12:48 PM

    Lots of moronic comments here. What do race, gender, and politics have to do with it?

    She is a well respected, high profile college football fan. She was Secretary of State for crying out loud! She dealt with some of the most notorious world leaders. She’s thick skinned enough to deal with moronic comments like these as well as any “all male” college football committee. Qualifications meet!

    I think she is the best choice of any I’ve heard.

  30. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 7, 2013 4:37 PM

    No offense to her, but I really believe this shouldn’t be left to amateurs. And if your not getting paid currently and never have been paid to coach or analyze college football, then you’re an amateur.

  31. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 7, 2013 4:38 PM

    hatesycophants says:
    Oct 5, 2013 5:23 PM
    Stevelibradi’s comment is perfectly emblematic of the ideology of the typical NBC Sports Talk poster.

    Well done, ladies and gentlemen!

    I’m actually really disappointed that JT would let that type of post fly, and remain up for several days.

  32. John Taylor says: Oct 7, 2013 4:47 PM

    @ 8to80texansblog: I deleted his comment and banned both his IP address and user name the day he posted his racist drivel. Have no idea how it got back on here. My apologies to you and everyone else for not catching it again.

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