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 al.com 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.
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