Aaron Guile: Condoleezza Rice has what it takes for the College Football Playoff selection committee
Rumors and controversy abound or are simply underfoot about Condoleezza Rice and college football.
Citing anonymous sources, AP writer Ralph D. Russo in the Huffington Post reports, “Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to be part of the selection committee that will pick the teams for the College Football Playoff next year ...” Russo writes Rice would join “former Mississippi and New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning, former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Gould, the former Air Force Academy superintendent and former NCAA executive Tom Jernstedt” in a committee of 12-18 to decide who would play in the four-team National College Football Championship next year.
The comments on the Huffington Post were much like this from Spudito47: “Tell that to 100,000 dead Iraqis, one million refugees and 4,000 dead young Americans.” Some comments were like ravatar252’s: “She'd be better in the White house.” Political comments like these are what you’d expect on a political website about the political equivalent of the Tennessee Titans’ Ryan Fitzpatrick.
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“All she knows about football is what somebody told her ... 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. ... 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 do some more?”
Also on WJOX, on Oct. 9, Hall of Famer Fran Tarkinton said:
"She’s as qualified to be on that committee as I am qualified to be on the Russian strategy and Mid-East strategy. ... It’s become a star thing. ... You want the most impartial, the most knowledgeable football people to make the decision to decide who goes where. ... It's ridiculous to put her on this committee, she is not qualified."
David Pollack on ESPN’s “College GameDay” said he only wants committee members “who have played football” and emphasized he did not want women on the committee. According to CBSSports.com's Jerry Hinnen, Pollack has since backtracked, tweeting, "I want people on the committee who eat, sleep and breathe college football during the season. It has nothing to do with male or female."
As a former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser for President George W. Bush, Rice will have to live with the legacy of two wars and animus from the political left. This animus, however, did not stop left-leaning Stanford University from welcoming her back as the Denning Professor in its graduate school of business. The biggest problem is with sports fans.
Condoleezza Rice, though a woman, is not like my mom. My mom watches every football game my dad does. She’s been watching dad’s football games for as long as I can remember, but my mom is not a football expert. Mom doesn’t know the teams very well. She doesn’t wait for the commercials to go to the kitchen for chips and soda. She’ll even — gasp! — take a phone call during a game. My mom likes football because my dad does. Rice likes football more than my mom since she is reportedly a Cleveland Browns fan.
Rice is also not like Annabelle Farrell (played by Brooke Langton) in "The Replacements," who is a cheerleader and football expert. Annabelle is any football fan’s dreamgirl, because not only is she knowledgeable and an uber-fan, she is a football dirt insider and she drives a Jeep. Women like Annabelle do exist. One of daughter’s church friends, whose dad used to play for BYU, not only loves football, she knows more about the game than most men I know.
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