As college football tries to get away from the controversy of the BCS, it’s created a whole new hornets nest with its selection committee for the new playoff, which begins in 2014.
Namely, the selection of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Former Auburn coach Pat Dye is the latest to chime in on why Rice is the wrong person for the 12-to-18-person selection committee.
"All she knows about football is what somebody told her," Dye told the WJOX morning show, The Opening Drive. "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?"
So by Dye’s logic, no one who’s never actually played the sport should have anything to do with it? That’s interesting since former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese never played.
Pat Dye laments Condi Rice not being qualified for Playoff Committee. But he's OK w Mike Tranghese who only played golf at St Michael's?
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) October 7, 2013
Steve Wieberg, a former USA Today columnist, who spent 30 years writing about the game and is now a high school English and journalism teacher in Missouri, doesn’t fit Dye’s credentials either.
Yet neither one of these two choices is generating the nearly the amount of blowback that Rice’s appointment is, which is just sad.
Let’s be straight here. This is a 73-year-old man yelling “Get off my lawn!” to the woman who wants to be involved in a man’s sport. We get it. But don’t hide behind the “She didn’t play the game” excuse. At least ESPN analyst David Pollack went ahead and owned up to his bias (kind of).
By Dye’s logic, coaches such as Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson, Central Florida’s George O’Leary, Duke’s David Cutcliffe, who is responsible for shaping the Manning brother’s quarterbacking acumen, and oh, Washington State’s Mike Leach, have no business in the game. None of those guys ever played a collegiate down.
In college football’s attempt to be progressive, the narrow-mindedness of many in the sport is beginning to shine through. It seems like having some diversity on the committee – a former golfer, a teacher, a woman – would provide tremendous perspective to what has long been considered an old boys club.
And let’s be honest, Rice isn’t some twirl-her-hair wallflower that can’t handle herself around men, especially men who don’t want her there. She’s made decisions about things none of the other members of this committee could even fathom. Picking four teams to play in a college football playoff would hardly make a dent on her prestigious resume.
Go back to watching daytime TV and eating you Werther's Originals, Pat Dye.