Former Auburn coach Pat Dye is among those who opposes the fact that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reportedly will be a member of the selection committee that will choose the four teams for college football playoff starting next season.
"All she knows about football is what somebody told her," Dye said on Birmingham, Ala., radio station WJOX-AM on Monday. "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."
Dye, who was Auburn's head coach from 1981 to 1992, acknowledged her skills as a statesman, "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?"
Dye suggested her presence on the committee means the process will be more about personal relationships.
"That goes back to politics," he said. "Which one she likes the best. Which one's the smoothest talker. The game is played on the field."
---NBC Sports analyst Tony Dungy said on the Dan Patrick Show that USC contacted him about its coaching vacancy, but Dungy told the school he was not interested.
USC is looking for a new coach since firing Lane Kiffin after a 62-41 loss at Arizona State that dropped the Trojans to 3-2 on the season.
Dungy, who has been out of coaching since 2008, mentioned his lack of coaching experience at the college level when he spoke to USC representatives.
---The number of college football bowl games will be increased from 35 to 39 next season as the five smaller FBS conferences are starting new games in the Bahamas, Boca Raton, Fla., and Miami in 2014, ESPN reported.
In August, the MAC and Sun Belt announced the creation of the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., in 2014. The Miami Bowl will match an American Athletic Conference against a team from one of the four other non-power conferences.
A news conference to be held Oct. 14 is expected to officially announce the Bahamas Bowl, with teams from the non-power conferences participating on a rotating basis. The Boca Raton Bowl will feature teams from Conference USA, MAC and the American Athletic.
Also, a new game will be played in Detroit between the Big Ten and ACC in 2014. It will replace the Little Caesars Bowl, also held in Detroit.
---Texas Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield sustained no structural damage when he injured his knee on Saturday, so he will not miss the rest of the season.
Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury is not sure whether Mayfield will play this Saturday against Iowa State. Davis Webb replaced Mayfield when he was injured and would start Saturday if Mayfield can't play.