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Condi Rice puts college football critics at ease

Manti Te'o AP

The rumored addition of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice caught some college football fans off guard. Some reacted to the buzz in a not-so-flattering fashion, questioning why she would be involved as someone from outside the college football world. None of that seems to bother Rice, who met with the media for the first time on Wednesday via conference call.

“I’ve been in enough positions to respect people who have different views,” Rice said. “Not everyone on the committee has played football. I’m a student of the game and I believe that I will work very, very hard.”

Rice is one of 13 members to the new College Football Playoff Selection Committee. She is the only woman on the committee, but that does not mean she is looking to break barriers with her new role.

“I don’t feel carrying banner for anyone, except those who love college football,” Rice said during the conference call. “That includes women. For me, this is trying to get playoff system right so that we can have outcomes in which players, coaches and fans know that people of goodwill and integrity are trying to make good judgments.”

Rice and the rest of the selection committee will be charged with selecting and seeding the top four teams in the new four-team playoff model that replaces the BCS system starting with the 2014 college football season.

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27 Responses to “Condi Rice puts college football critics at ease”
  1. seanmmartin says: Oct 16, 2013 6:59 PM

    Not really at ease here.

  2. wvugrad00 says: Oct 16, 2013 7:04 PM

    If Rice was qualified enough to travel the world and speak on behalf of the United States, including peace talks. Then I think she is more than qualified to be part of a group to determine if one or two SEC teams should be in the college football playoffs. She could not possibly be any worse than some of the people currently determining the rankings.

  3. apmn says: Oct 16, 2013 7:46 PM

    God forbid we bring someone with an academic background into the conversation. Have we completely given up on the idea of student-athletes?

  4. rolltide510 says: Oct 16, 2013 8:06 PM

    Nobody needs to worry about any individual member of the playoff committee, because they have an objective framework in place to determine how….wait, what’s that? There’s absolutely no preset criteria, and the committee can literally pick any teams they want for any reason they want to, or no reason at all?

    Gosh, this sure seems like a terrible idea. Tell me again why we couldn’t just take the top 4 BCS teams?

  5. dhlions says: Oct 16, 2013 8:43 PM

    @WVU

    I’m not sure Condi and “peace” belong in the same sentence.

    Yeah, great to have an “academic” in the group, but she did have an oil tanker named after her. So, she can be bought.

  6. apmn says: Oct 16, 2013 9:18 PM

    She was provost of Standord University, dhlions. No matter what you think of her work in the political realm, her credentials as an academic are legit and deserve more respect than your childish quote marks give.

  7. dmvtransplant says: Oct 16, 2013 9:24 PM

    @apmn

    I guess no one told you this, but Tom Osborne has a PhD, 3 National Championships, 6 year in Congress oh ya and he played at every level. So I guess the pointless academic & political box could have already been checked without her on the team.

    Let me tell you how the first selection announcement will go:

    Jeff Long walks to the stage and tells the country that “the four teams picked end up being Northwestern, Stanford, Duke and BYU”.

    At the announcement Jeff Long looks completely surprised by the selections and looks to Condi and say’s “should I have read that memo Warning – elite private schools only?” Her reply “don’t worry about it”

    Meanwhile down in Texas President W. Bush is watching the show and say’s: “Hey Laura she did it again”.

  8. chachooga says: Oct 16, 2013 9:27 PM

    I am at ease…Condi Rice is freaking awesome. She is not some agenda pusher whiney crybaby. She will be a great asset.

    If it were Donna Shalala or Janet Reno or Susan Rice or Madeline Albright or any other scary left wing agenda pushing politician I might be concerned.

    Either way I am not a fan of the playoffs, so I don’t like any of them hahahahahah!

  9. charger383 says: Oct 16, 2013 10:44 PM

    She lost creditability when she lied for Bush

  10. theflyingtad says: Oct 16, 2013 10:57 PM

    Is it not a safe assumption that she knows more about football than Ty Willingham?

  11. justanobserver says: Oct 16, 2013 11:50 PM

    Frankly, given the scope of the responsibility of this committee I would have been at ease with Tom Osborne being named chairman of the panel — and its sole member — for life!

    My God, the credentials of that man are amazing — played at every level of the game; never fewer than nine wins a season in 25-years of coaching at the Div I level; three national titles (probably should have been six); and six years in the US Congress!!!!!!!

  12. sssjim7 says: Oct 16, 2013 11:56 PM

    Totally unnecessary… they should have just taken all the conference champions from the beginning and made a playoff system from that. I could care less who the polls think is best. It should be conference champions only and all of the major conferences should be included.

    Just my .02
    ~Jim

  13. Anoesis says: Oct 17, 2013 12:46 AM

    chacooga-

    Hilarious comment! Oh, wait, you were being serious? How about an unlawful, destructive war in the Middle East thinly disguised as a liberation for an agenda? Not the kind of “agenda” you were pushing?

    No, I’m not comfortable with the selection of Rice to the committee. I’m sure there are several other more qualified people in academia than someone who was so infatuated with George Bush that she, in a Freudian slip, once called him her husband.

    This committee needs wholly-independent thinkers with the conviction of their consciences to make it work, not someone who was willing to defer to group-think at the highest level of government.

  14. longtallsam says: Oct 17, 2013 2:11 AM

    Anoesis says:
    This committee needs wholly-independent thinkers with the conviction of their consciences to make it work, not someone who was willing to defer to group-think at the highest level of government.

    Well, that would certainly knock anyone from the current administration out of future consideration, wouldn’t it?

  15. dhlions says: Oct 17, 2013 6:30 AM

    @apmn

    I was using quotes because that was your word, not mine. So while that might seem “childish” to you, I believe it was an appropriate use of quotation marks.

    But, hey, what do I know, I’m not an academic.

  16. janessa31888 says: Oct 17, 2013 9:02 AM

    So if it were Hillary Clinton on the committee you guys would have been praising her to the skies. Don’t understand all the hatred for Rice. I think its unfair to trash somebody because they have different political views than you do.

  17. drummerhoff says: Oct 17, 2013 9:15 AM

    She has nothing to do with college football and that is troubling. Just because you are famous doesn’t mean you are qualified to determine who is the best 4 teams.
    I thought the CFP was going to minimize the politics of 1 v 2. Condileezza Rice on the Committee tells me the new selection process will be as political as the ever.

  18. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 17, 2013 10:18 AM

    apmn says:
    Oct 16, 2013 7:46 PM
    God forbid we bring someone with an academic background into the conversation. Have we completely given up on the idea of student-athletes?

    __________________________

    This is actually the first real point that has me swaying my opinion on her addition to the committee. This is still COLLEGE football and she does have experience in running a very highly respected univeristy.

  19. Anoesis says: Oct 17, 2013 10:50 AM

    janessa-

    Same argument against Clinton. No direct involvement with the game. Your assumption that anyone here “would be praising her to the skies” is naive.

    It isn’t the politics, it’s the results. Rice pushed for a war that was deceitfully sold to the American public based on manufactured facts. Iraq had nothing whatsoever to do with 9-11, something that has been proven repeatedly. That monumental gaffe will forever taint Rice, just as it (rightfully) will be what is remembered about Bush’s presidency.

  20. Anoesis says: Oct 17, 2013 10:55 AM

    longtallsam-

    You’ll get no argument from me on that. No politician, current or former, has any business on this committee. It is unlikely they could make any legitimate claim to impartiality. Thanks for proving my point.

  21. lethimplaycoach says: Oct 17, 2013 11:10 AM

    Why do we even need a committee?

    If we would have 8 teams, which would should, then teams in the playoff –

    SEC Champ
    Big Ten Champ
    Pac-12 Champ
    ACC Champ
    Big 12 Champ

    3 at-large teams that are highest ranked and not included in the above group.

    Why are we substituting one crap system for another, where people make judgment calls.

  22. lethimplaycoach says: Oct 17, 2013 11:11 AM

    Condoleeza Rice can’t be any worse than 90% of the media clowns on TV/radio every week who consider themselves “experts.”

  23. metroplexfrog says: Oct 17, 2013 11:22 AM

    I don’t think Rice will be the problem with the committee.

  24. Anoesis says: Oct 17, 2013 11:53 PM

    It doesn’t matter if you think Rice will or won’t be a problem on this committee. As others have stated it will be the committee as a whole that will be the problem.

    To those claiming Rice couldn’t be any worse than other pundits: You are damning her with faint praise.

    If you are going to continue the BCS mistake with the equivalent of Olympic ice-skating judges instead of a true playoff, then you should insure there are people on your committee with no glaring failures in judgment. Rice does not qualify based on that alone.

  25. southernpatriots says: Oct 22, 2013 7:21 AM

    Condi has followed college and pro football closely for many decades. It appears her knowledge of pro football especially is quite extensive. She is a fan, as we are. She also knows the business of college athletics. Some have suggested Rice to replace Goodell when he actually gives up his god-like throne.

    The composition of this committee is a concern, as it should be to all college football fans. I do wish there were objective criteria, with perhaps one or two slots for “at-large teams” who do not win their respective conference championships.

  26. kansacity88 says: Oct 22, 2013 8:18 PM

    Wait a minute……hold on a sec…..wasnt this the same chick that was rumored to have interest in being the next NFL commissioner (BEFORE Goodell stepped in and shat on everything)?

  27. longtallsam says: Oct 22, 2013 8:33 PM

    Anoesis says:It isn’t the politics, it’s the results. Rice pushed for a war that was deceitfully sold to the American public based on manufactured facts. Iraq had nothing whatsoever to do with 9-11, something that has been proven repeatedly. That monumental gaffe will forever taint Rice, just as it (rightfully) will be what is remembered about Bush’s presidency.

    I guess it doesn’t matter at all, that we got the butcher Saddam Hussein, who had murdered hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, on a much larger scale than the kook in Syria is now doing. Yet, you are probably just fine with your hero, Obama, attacking Syria.

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