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Pat Dye on Condi Rice: ‘All she knows about football is what somebody told her’

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You just knew there was going to be a backlash against Condoleezza Rice reportedly being tabbed as one of the 12-18 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee, whether it be for her politics or for the simple fact that she’s a woman in a male-dominated sport.

ESPN college football analyst David Pollack kicked off the national backlash Saturday on the College GameDay show, stating essentially that women shouldn’t be a part of the group that will be charged with selecting the four teams that will play for the national championship.

Monday, that backlash continued.

Former Auburn head coach/athletic director Pat Dye was asked during a radio interview about Rice, who was born in Birmingham and whose father was a long-time Alabama fan, being a part of the committee.  Suffice to say, Dye is not a fan of a move that hasn’t even been officially announced yet.

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.”

“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?”

It’s unclear how was able to obtain a transcript of the interview, what with Dye’s head being buried in the sand and all.

This won’t be the last time the college football community, particularly those old-school types, come out and blast the expected selection.  God forbid that someone like Rice, who more than makes up for her lack of on-field experience with knowledge of the game, should be a part of the process and add a different perspective to the room.

That would be horrible, and would potentially ruin this great game.

[/wanking motion here]

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78 Responses to “Pat Dye on Condi Rice: ‘All she knows about football is what somebody told her’”
  1. suprmous says: Oct 7, 2013 3:54 PM

    Coach Coach, don’t you remember all of those manners Coach Bryant taught you? It’s more respectful to say somethin nice than to say somethin ugly or just not say anything at all. I don’t understand why the Coach’s got the attitude he does because he never showed this kind of behavior before.

  2. floridacock says: Oct 7, 2013 3:57 PM

    wanking??? Hopefully you meant winking. Rice will be smarter than the other people on that committee combined! Nothing wrong with perspective from all angles.

  3. mancave001 says: Oct 7, 2013 4:05 PM

    She is like many conservative women in that she is constantly attacked in racist, sexist ways. She has served as provost of Stanford University, National Security Advisor, and Secretary of State. Oh, she also has a PhD. Yet somehow the implication is that she is stupid. It’s mind-boggling.

  4. sfsugator says: Oct 7, 2013 4:13 PM

    Yeah she is educated but knows zero about college football. Enough said.

  5. dryzzt23 says: Oct 7, 2013 4:17 PM

    Condi Rice knows more about football than ANY of the female sideline reporters and female “experts”/commentators. She is a fan and will look at it from that perspective.
    If it was hillary clinton or beyonce you people wouldn’t criticize them at all but a conservative woman you will rip to shreds for no reason.

  6. mrlaloosh says: Oct 7, 2013 4:27 PM

    It’s George Bush’s fault. Just ask Obama.

  7. derekgorgonstar says: Oct 7, 2013 4:27 PM

    The woman is pretty smart. I’m sure that if all she knows is from what she’s read, it’s a lot.

    I love this “you don’t know what it’s like unless….” crap coming from someone who probably has 50 less IQ points than Condi Rice. Some things don’t require great imagination- I have never been to a Turkish prison, but I bet it sucks, and I don’t have to go there to figure that out.

  8. whoisedgy says: Oct 7, 2013 4:36 PM

    If we only had dumbass jock coaches on the committee, we’d only have 2-3 conferences selected. Good for Condi and any other smart people they put on this committee. Perhaps we should start paying coaches based on their wins AND graduation rates.

  9. be4bama says: Oct 7, 2013 4:36 PM

    Pat Dye is probably drunk, again. Not to mention a sexiest and a racist.

  10. frug says: Oct 7, 2013 4:56 PM

    Rice, who was born in Birmingham and whose father was a long-time Alabama fan

    Her dad wasn’t just a fan; he was a coach.

  11. John Taylor says: Oct 7, 2013 5:01 PM


  12. vanmorrissey says: Oct 7, 2013 5:20 PM

    They knew what the backlash would be when they appointed her, they have to deal with it. Great choice, great person who can bring a sense of civility and grace to the committee, what’s wrong with that?

  13. jc327 says: Oct 7, 2013 5:20 PM

    Ahh, crazy old uncle Pat is grumpy again. Yawn…

  14. youcantmakemepickausername says: Oct 7, 2013 5:25 PM

    I have never been to a Turkish prison,

    But do you like Gladiator movies, and have you ever seen a grown man naked?

  15. ninerfan81 says: Oct 7, 2013 5:30 PM

    Leveraging a cross functional opionion from someone outside of a core function has always proved to be an excellent way to remove bias and nurture innovation, it works in all walks of society, business, medicine, education, it inspires cutting edge ideas from someone outside the good ole boy network which is exactly what the stupid fcks in college football need.

  16. eprobono says: Oct 7, 2013 5:34 PM

    I think there should be a woman — or even women – on the committee, just not Rice.

    I have an association with Stanford University and I’ve seen Dr. Rice in action. To stop at saying she is conniving, bull-headed, underhanded, and dishonest and not go further is being charitable.

    She’s incapable of making an unbiased decision or owning up to her own faults, no matter what the topic or situation.

    On the other hand, now that I think about it, she’s probably a perfect fit for this committee.

  17. thegamecocker says: Oct 7, 2013 6:02 PM

    I’ve heard Pat Dye speak on Paul Finebaum’s show when he was on SERIUS. The man cannot string two coherent sentences together. Condi Rice is one of the coolest and most respected people on the planet! She is perfect for this committee because she is objective and honest. The woman is a GENIUS!! You have to be a complete idiot to say anything derogatory against Condoleeza Rice!

  18. barbeaux says: Oct 7, 2013 6:06 PM

    I’ve never dug my hands in and made alcohol, but I can tell what’s a really a really good bottle of alcohol and what isn’t. Go figure. I think she’s a great choice for the committee. Most of the media pundits never played ball but were allowed to vote to rank teams…never heard these people complain about that. I wonder what’s different in this case…..

  19. seachicken64 says: Oct 7, 2013 6:27 PM

    No doubt she is an extremely intelligent person and very knowledgeable and passionate about college football. An awful lot of people fit those criteria. Then again, having more “outsiders” diminishes the chances 0f people trying to influence/buy votes – and you know that someone is going to try. I can see both sides of this argument. Sounds like eprobono has some issues.

  20. 1twinsfan says: Oct 7, 2013 6:39 PM

    So would Dye be willing to return money from all female fans and boosters because they don’t know anything about football? Oh, what am I talking about? I’m just a female with her own handle on a sports website. And to my hubby, did you really think the Broncos were gonna stink this year? Should have listened to me.

  21. BrownsTown says: Oct 7, 2013 6:39 PM

    “[/wanking motion here]”

    Well done. BrownsTown appreciates the addition into the snark repertoire.

  22. BrownsTown says: Oct 7, 2013 6:42 PM

    be4bama thinks Pat Dye is a sexy racist?

  23. h0c2000 says: Oct 7, 2013 6:47 PM

    What does she think of having Pat Dye be Secretary of State?

  24. 11thstreetmafia says: Oct 7, 2013 7:02 PM

    I think it’s great that Dr. Rice will presumably be involved with the playoff selection committe. I listen to radio and tv people every weekend talk about sports that have never played them.

  25. lawrinson20 says: Oct 7, 2013 7:08 PM

    I’m no fan of Rice, but Dye should just stay in the south, where his cro-mag perspectives are pervasive and persistent.

    Not sure why a “hand in the dirt” has any bearing on the philosophical, logical, and logistical issues relative to a playoff system, but clearly Dye has other issues beleaguering him.

  26. be4bama says: Oct 7, 2013 7:10 PM

    Browns Town, I take it that reading comprehension goes right over your head.

  27. lawrinson20 says: Oct 7, 2013 7:10 PM

    Maybe Dye should abstain from political votes, since he has never held office. Shouldn’t drive a car, since he’s never built one. Should refrain from procreating since… well, just because.

  28. 10kmp says: Oct 7, 2013 7:36 PM

    Pat Dye might be an idiot, I don’t know. He also might be a sexist/racist/ageist et al. Again, I don’t know. What I do know is that he played and coached amateur football at its highest level. He’s spent his life involved in this sport… and he’s right about Ms. Rice. Women don’t play football. To be on this committee one should have a football background. Playing and/or coaching. I know it isn’t “PC”, but it’s ok that there are gender specific things in the world. Football, as much as N.O.W. might hate it, is played, coached and officiated by men. It’s just the way it is. Rice is a FAN. Nothing more. It’s absurd that she’s being included on the committee and Pat Dye, as much of an a$$ as he may be, is more qualified than all of us, by a wide margin, to opine about why she shouldn’t be included. How many of the posters on here whining about sexism and women in football actually played one down of organized football in their entire life? Of course it makes a difference, a huge difference, if one actually played the game. If you want a committee composed of fans, then include Rice for all I care. However, if you want a committee composed of football professionals, well, then quite obviously Ms. Rice can’t be a part of that (nor can any woman).

  29. rcali says: Oct 7, 2013 7:47 PM

    Great statement hoc2000. Right on point.

  30. jimsjam33 says: Oct 7, 2013 8:02 PM

    All the naysayers are correct ! She’s too smart for a football selection committee . I say start the campaign for President of the United States .

  31. dkhhuey says: Oct 7, 2013 8:10 PM

    Nothing brings out mouth breathers and knuckle draggers faster then a story like this!!! Frankly, she is amazingly over qualified for this position!!!

  32. noaxetogrind says: Oct 7, 2013 8:17 PM

    I have no problem with Condi on the panel. I also have no problem with Pat Dye having an opinion I may disagree with. What I do have a problem with is those on here who also diagree with Dye who have resorted to name calling. Really? If you have a valid point make it. If you are incapable, then don’t without an ounce of substantiation, call someone a racist just because you disagree with them. You can have a dissenting opinion without being racist or sexist. An real example of bigotry would be @ lawrinson20…attacking a whole region of the country.

  33. jdillydawg says: Oct 7, 2013 8:34 PM

    Seriously, Dye? Are you worried that Rice will choose teams based only on the color of their uniforms? Perhaps she’ll only choose teams with a high GPA, or those that have a high percentage majoring in political science.

    To say that because she hasn’t been out there in 110 degree heat she’s thoroughly incapable of making a decision is just stupid.

  34. ianlozada says: Oct 7, 2013 8:48 PM

    I’m sure Condi Rice knows enough not to go for a tie in a bowl game against an unbeaten team.

  35. Deb says: Oct 7, 2013 8:52 PM

    mancave001 says:

    She is like many conservative women in that she is constantly attacked in racist, sexist ways. She has served as provost of Stanford University, National Security Advisor, and Secretary of State. Oh, she also has a PhD. Yet somehow the implication is that she is stupid. It’s mind-boggling.

    Pat Dye’s comments don’t have anything to do with Secretary Rice’s political affiliations, and it’s ridiculous to bring her politics into this situation. My guess from everything he said is that Dye shares her political views. His comments are no different than those expressed to me here on CFT the other day by a male fan who said I can’t possibly know what I’m talking about because I haven’t played the game. I’m also an intelligent, well-educated woman with a lifelong love and understanding of the game. But that hasn’t stopped guys on here and PFT from telling me repeatedly through the years to “go make me a sammich.”

    This isn’t about Rice’s politics. It’s about her not having a penis.

  36. tigersfandan says: Oct 7, 2013 8:59 PM

    The problem here is that one can’t state an opposition to Rice’s inclusion on the committee without being labeled as ‘sexist’. If Rice has no football background, maybe she shouldn’t be on a football selection committee. That’s not a sexist thing to say.

    Als0, to the person who stated that Pat Dye shouldn’t drive a car because he never built one, your analogy is skewed. Dye is quite capable of driving a car without having to build one, just as Rice is quite capable of being a football fan without ever having worked in football (many of us have probably never worked in football or made a car). However, I wouldn’t want Dye to be an executive for an automotive company if he had no background in the industry. The same principle can be applied to Rice’s being on the football committee. That’s a reasonable stance and it is not necessary to go searching for reasons to undermine and discredit a reasonable stance.

  37. Deb says: Oct 7, 2013 9:11 PM

    @tigersfandan …

    So every member of the Heisman committee has played the game? We know the guys who pick the NFL Hall of Fame never played the game. If you’re going to declare being on this committee is all about who has real game experience and not about her gender, then you’d better be sure everyone else associated with this process and similar commissions has actually played the game.

  38. Deb says: Oct 7, 2013 9:13 PM

    Should we assume Pat Dye would be okay with having Katie Hnida on the commission?

  39. jacksprat57 says: Oct 7, 2013 9:19 PM

    A much more valid criticism of the Committee might be leveled at insiders like Pat himself. Through the years, he and his fellow coaches have amply demonstrated their own inability to function as electors in an impartial and objective manner. The only thing upon which we can rely, when it comes to their votes, is that they’ll favor their friends. Not an incorruptible soul in the bunch.

  40. tigersfandan says: Oct 7, 2013 9:22 PM

    @ Deb

    How do you know the NFL Hall of Fame voters have never played the game? Maybe some of them played in high school. Even if they didn’t, I suggested above that one should have a football background. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the person had to play football. Coaching football for a living or reporting it for a living counts too. The point is that if Rice has never worked in football, why should she be on a football selection committee? If you’re looking to be offended by Dye’s remarks, then you probably will be. However, his comments do not need to be offensive.

  41. grudenthediva says: Oct 7, 2013 9:25 PM

    “She is like many conservative women in that she stands idly by while her party constantly attacks and demonizes females in racist, sexist ways, attempting to subjugate them to a second class tier while the party of huffy rich white males act offended any time a woman dare requests that pesky thing called equality.”

    Fixed that for you.

    (I actually like Condi a lot, but to try and ignore how her party has villified Michelle Obama, Hillary (and her daughter), and pretty much every non-neocon female is just HILARIOUS)

  42. jacksprat57 says: Oct 7, 2013 9:28 PM

    It ain’t about who’s qualified, Deb, it’s about whose nest is feathered. Pat’s got “interests” to protect, don’t you know? That’s a spot on the Committee that could go to a “reliable” voter. He and his fellow “backwoods Southern lawyers” are no more okay with that than they are with the 13th Amendment.

  43. tigersfandan says: Oct 7, 2013 9:30 PM

    Seriously folks, all the stereotyping and political accusations are creating much more heat than light.

  44. phillyfanmatt says: Oct 7, 2013 9:36 PM

    I must say I have read a lot of posts on this topic. And there are people saying she is not qualified because she is a fan or never played the game. But when a story was on here saying Archie Manning might be on the committee. I read several posts saying he doesn’t know enough about football or he never won anything. Well I will just say this. If the people picking those to be on the committee think she is qualified then so be it. And to those who made those ridiculous comments about Archie Manning all I will say is he has probably forgotten more about football then most of us will ever know.

  45. noaxetogrind says: Oct 7, 2013 9:36 PM

    @ Deb,
    You make some excellent points. I don’t really care how they comprise it because I think the cream (almost) always rises to the top. Some on here seem to think there have been routine gross miscarriages of justice. I don’t see it. I am a big believer that strength of schedule should be a major factor. In a perfect world, I would only have ex coaches and players on the panel with an emphasis on coaches. I do think coaching and playing of the game is a requisite plus. So I guess that makes me a misogynist in some eyes. However I also think that the executive council of the Girl Scouts that determines policy and direction should also be exclusively female so I guess I am a flaming feminist as well.

  46. Deb says: Oct 7, 2013 9:39 PM

    @tigersfandan …

    Honey, I played football in high school phys. ed. I’d hardly call that game experience. Let’s try to keep the debate somewhat intelligent. The Hall of Fame voters are reporters–both male and female. You might know that if you had a thimble’s worth of knowledge about the game. Thanks for making my point that neither a penis nor game experience is required for understanding football.

    As a rule, I’m opposed to putting women “on the field”–kicking, officiating, or acting in other token roles. However, when it comes to these kinds of committees, the goal is usually to have at least one person who was chosen for his/her unimpeachable reputation–such as a retired academian, political or military figure, judge, etc. Rice fills that role.

  47. jacksprat57 says: Oct 7, 2013 9:44 PM

    “This isn’t about Rice’s politics. It’s about her not having a penis.” — Deb

    Not quite true. Your “admirers” would likely have no objection to giving a vote to a lifelong castrati.

    No, it’s not the absence of a penis which they find troubling, but the presence of a vagina.

    Personally, I blame their ED. Poor dears get all defensive around women now, so they act out.

  48. Deb says: Oct 7, 2013 9:46 PM

    @noaxetogrind …

    No problem :) I’m not pushed either way–which is why this is the first Rice thread where I’ve posted a comment. And I only commented here because someone was reaching far, far, far into left field to pretend Dye was criticizing Rice for her politics. Please :roll:

    If they decide to go only with people who have actual game experience, then I’m fine with it being a men’s club. My point is that these committees usually include at least one member who doesn’t have game experience. If that’s the case, it might as well be Rice. Whatever they do, they need to be consistent.

  49. overratedgators says: Oct 7, 2013 9:49 PM

    I not only support women on the Committee, I nominate Deb. Seriously.

  50. tigersfandan says: Oct 7, 2013 9:54 PM

    @ Deb

    I know the Hall of Fame voters are reporters. That’s why I mentioned reporting on the game for a living. Reporters actually know something about football because they report on it for a living, as I mentioned in my comment. I am not saying one has to have played football to be on the committee, which is the interpretation you seem to be making. I’m saying one should have some background in the sport to be on the committee.

    You know, based on comments I’ve seem from you in the past, I actually respect you. I’m surprised you would resort to assaulting my intelligence simply because I disagreed with you.

  51. lawson1974 says: Oct 7, 2013 9:55 PM

    Look, the problem is simple.

    Rice is just a fan, that is it. She is no more of a knowledgeable football fan than I am or 1,000 other people that will make their way to this website today.

    The people on this committee need to be people that played or coached the game at this level or higher. If someday in the future that statement will include women, then good. But until then Condi Rice doesn’t have anymore business on that committee than me or John Kerry.

  52. Deb says: Oct 7, 2013 10:04 PM

    @tigersfandan …

    Sometimes I play too rough on the blogs and need to watch that. I am sorry.

    Pat Dye said, “To understand football, you’ve got to play with your hand in the dirt.” Apparently he was saying that you must have played the game–I’m assuming he means at least at the collegiate level–to be part of this process. Although by saying all she knows about football is what somebody told her, he may be claiming women can’t figure it out on their own. I’ve gotten a lot of those kinds of comments here–and especially on PFT. And yes, that makes me a little hostile :)

    @overratedgators …

    Thank you. That won’t be a popular suggestion :)

  53. Deb says: Oct 7, 2013 10:10 PM

    @lawson1974 …

    If Condoleeza Rice were being suggested as the next coach for USC, I’d agree with you. She’s not. Mike Slive, the brilliant commissioner who’s built the SEC into college’s premier conference was a lawyer, a judge, and an academian. Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA, was previously the president of the University of Washington. The people who take these kinds of positions are often academics, not football people. It makes sense to have a balance on the committee rather than just former coaches.

  54. tigersfandan says: Oct 7, 2013 10:13 PM

    @ Deb

    Apology accepted.

    As for what Dye said, I don’t agree that one needs to have played the game in order to understand it. I’ve never played football at an organized level, but I do marginally understand it. However, I do think one should have some football background to be on this committee. When Dye said of Rice that, “All she knows about football is what somebody told her,” that was, at the very least, a poor choice of words.

  55. Deb says: Oct 7, 2013 10:27 PM

    @tigersfandan …

    Yeah … Dye’s not one of my favorite people. And that really has nothing to do with him being an Auburn guy. I like Charles Barkley. And of course, as a Steelers fan, I love Kevin Greene :)

    It depends on what kind of people they bring to the committee. If it’s a blend of coaches, academic types, and perhaps a couple of well-respected sports journalists, then Rice would be a good addition. She does know the game, she’s smart, highly respected and has great professional credentials. Seems like a win all the way around. And I think it would be better to have a blend of people rather than just coaches. They have too many axes to grind.

  56. sparky151 says: Oct 7, 2013 10:43 PM

    Umm, so what about the fact that she’s merely a fan of college football? Condi Rice is a smart, talented woman. She’s an expert on Russia in particular and foreign relations in general. That doesn’t mean she has much insight into college football. John Kerry or Leon Panetta are also smart, talented guys but nobody would think they should be on the committee. The whole point of this is to select the teams that compete for the national championship, not showcase how diverse the committee is.

  57. ronm1963 says: Oct 7, 2013 11:25 PM

    There simply is no woman in America today, for whom I have more respect and admiration, than Condi Rice. A huge sports fan in general and a very knowledgeable football fan in particular, Condi Rice, by virtue of her life experience has left her with much to offer in any endeavor.

    As a very intelligent, sophisticated and strong woman — this classically trained pianist — it’s a cinch she hasn’t idly been biding her time since leaving the US State Department while waiting anxiously for the NCAA and/or college football to call. Rather, as I write this, the pursuer in this case seems to be a group of social media zealots, a rabid college football fan base that never has enough to talk about and now Coach Dye.

    The latter’s comment re Ms Rice has had me thinking. If only the old coach had matriculated at a Condi Rice school of diplomacy he might have learned one of the fundamental lessons of public discourse and diplomacy, to wit: “Knowing what to say at a given time is a great skill. Knowing when to say it, however, is the most crucial point.“

    In the final analysis, Ms Rice’s background in academia, university administration and government at the highest levels would qualify her to serve in just about any capacity she so desired. But until somebody with real authority comes forward with reliable information and/or an offer for Ms Rice, it seems it would behoove everyone to let her determine if she feels qualified to serve on such a committee — or if she even is interested in doing so.

  58. vstar1us says: Oct 7, 2013 11:29 PM

    Idiot, why have her because we need a girl on the team

  59. lawrinson20 says: Oct 7, 2013 11:57 PM

    I apologize for my halfhearted slight of ‘the south.’ No reasonable person seriously holds such a unyielding, collective assessment of a region’s worth of people. That angle of the comment was (half) made in jest, and i assumed reasonable readers would take it as such. But, of course, in interweb discourse, one can never be sure….

    Still, and perhaps in conflict with my apology, i do maintain ‘the south’ IS a ‘less-than-progressive’ region, and Dye’s attitude reflects pervasive attitudes that exist in the south, are institutionalized in the south, and wouldn’t be permissible elsewhere. A relevant sports discussion might begin with Augusta National…. But, i digress…..

    Again, i apologize to southerners. Who are not all idiots or racists or sexists…. A lot of my family and friends are southerners, so there is and never was an assertion that all of ‘them’ conform to a singular mindset.

  60. dcapettini says: Oct 7, 2013 11:59 PM

    One of the problems of having the institution of Free Speech is that people talk when they should just shut up.

  61. lawson1974 says: Oct 7, 2013 11:59 PM


    I would disagree with your premise somewhat. Emmert and Slive are in charge of business decisions and enforcement of collective rules. They make help mediate disputes among member schools; they negotiate media contracts. They chart athletic business plans for their institutions. What they do not do is make purely sports decisions about athletes and teams.
    This committee’s sole task is to determine which 4 college football teams are most deserving of making that year’s playoff. This is a very specific task which would be done by those with very specific credentials. If Rice wanted to be AD at Stanford, I would say that would be great. But she has no credentials for this one appointment. Just as I wouldn’t, even though I have been following college football for 3o years and participated in college athletics. Since that participation wasn’t football, there are countless better choices than me…… and Rice.

  62. lawrinson20 says: Oct 8, 2013 12:02 AM

    1 / Isn’t the issue here that Rice’s proposed contribution to this discussion has nothing to do with on-field competitive matters? That IS where ‘field experience’ could conceivably/arguably be relevant. But, we’re not talking about something like ‘what constitutes Pass Interference.’ We’re talking about playoffs. Playoffs?! It’s a different argument, entirely. That fact is lost on the Dye brain, which is seemingly averse to nuance.

    2 / Whether or not some one has ‘field experience’ may have little to do with the validity or quality of his potential contribution. I know a number of idiots who are quite experienced in a given field, and a number of people of superior intellect who would certainly have more to offer.

  63. derekgorgonstar says: Oct 8, 2013 12:03 AM

    I wonder what the result would be if Dye played Rice in a game of Jeopardy. Actually… I don’t, it’s pretty obvious.

  64. clevelandschronic2 says: Oct 8, 2013 12:24 AM

    All i care about is that whoever serves on this committee actually watches all the games and votes without being biased. Example the Ncaab selection committee. They purposely leave smaller schools out of the tourney in favor of more big time schools for financial reasons and ratings. I just want a fair vote amongst the committee i dont care who serves(men,women,tranny,dog or cat) just dont be biased

  65. bigdaddycool50 says: Oct 8, 2013 12:27 AM

    I am sure Bush created the problem here!

  66. danoregon says: Oct 8, 2013 12:29 AM

    Do you think when the committee is sitting around evaluating teams, the smell of a locker room will come up? What it feels like to run gassers when you’re spent and feel like vomiting? I really hope that won’t be part of the criteria.
    And Rice does know football. She’s tight with Gene Washington and it was she who pushed for Stanford to hire unknown Vikings asst. coach Ty Willingham for the head coaching job. She was mocked by some of the local press who called it an affirmative action hire (yes – a Bay Area columnist wrote that) and of course, Willingham only led Stanford to it’s first Rose Bowl in 20+ years.
    She knows her stuff.
    Besides, we’ll need someone in the room who has spent times negotiating with the Palestinians and Israel, and in any event, the final four will be determined by TV ratings more than anything.

  67. nothanksimdriving123 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:30 AM

    I sharply disagreed with Ms Rice’s support for President Bush and his war in Iraq and questioned her wisdom over those choices. But that has nothing to do with her football expertise. She may well be one of the thousands of American women who know a lot about the sport (like the Raiders freak girlfriend of mine who made me a fan), many of whom have played the game at some level, or who have played some other sport. But of course, as others have noted, you don’t need to have brewed beer to know a lot about it.

  68. threatlevelxmidnight says: Oct 8, 2013 3:39 AM

    Wasn’t she trying to sell us on WMDs last time she was on a committee? Belongs in prison, not in college football.

  69. unsportsmenmic says: Oct 8, 2013 8:31 AM

    Reblogged this on UnSportsMenMic and commented:
    I like the Rice pick, yes she may not have played the game or have the experience, but she is smarter than a whip and gets it. If the committee spent more time working to test, or help her football knowledge instead of dissing her I think it would be an awesome committee.

  70. thegamecocker says: Oct 8, 2013 9:44 AM


    Gee, do ya think they were sent to Syria!!!!???? You’re not too smart are you!!

  71. tigersfandan says: Oct 8, 2013 10:30 AM

    derekgorgonstar says: Oct 8, 2013 12:03 AM

    I wonder what the result would be if Dye played Rice in a game of Jeopardy. Actually… I don’t, it’s pretty obvious.


    Yes, but this isn’t about general trivia knowledge. This is about football knowledge.

  72. tientzu1 says: Oct 8, 2013 3:35 PM

    Why not somebody like Dot Murphy. If you don’t know who she is, look her up.

  73. ordinaryday6 says: Oct 9, 2013 2:50 PM

    well this is stupid. I’m a woman, and I can promise you that I knew at least as much about football as any man. you don’t have to have played to pick teams.

  74. bamajs says: Oct 10, 2013 1:31 PM

    It’s interesting how many people throw out “-ist” words without actually making any point. They’re just trying to appear intelligent but are in fact just as judgmental as the people they are name calling….

  75. be4bama says: Oct 10, 2013 1:48 PM

    Bamajs I learned those words from the libs.

  76. gatorprof says: Oct 12, 2013 1:46 PM

    Pat Dye needs to STFU. I never understood the reverence for this moron.

    He was a coward as a football coach….remember him going for the tie instead of the win against Syracuse in the Sugar Bowl?

    He ran a dirty program and was forced out due to NCAA sanctions.

    Condi Rice has more intelligence in her pinky toe than Pat Dye has in his entire body.

    Dye is, and continues to be, an embarrassment to Auburn. Yet….they love him. SMH.

  77. toosano says: Oct 12, 2013 10:00 PM

    Gee, A redneck from Alabama having something to say about a Black Woman picking the National Championship College teams. Big Shocker!!

  78. jackvcr says: Oct 13, 2013 11:00 AM

    Is Pat Dye alive and does anyone care?!

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