Saturday, October 5, 2013

Condi Rice Headlines Eclectic Selection Committee

Condolezza Rice has handled world-class cavemen like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Muammar Gaddafi with aplomb. You think she'd worry about David Pollack hurting her feelings?

In not so many words but clearly implied, Pollack commented on ESPN's College GameDay that Rice in particular, and women in general, do not belong on the College Football Playoff committee.

The 12- to 18-person panel is expected to be formed by the end of this season and will be tasked in determining the participants of the four-team playoff starting in the 2014 season.

Rice, the former secretary of state under President George W. Bush, is reported to be on the committee, among a dozen names leaked this week that also included USC athletic director Pat Haden and the patriarch of the Manning family, Archie. It's an eclectic collection of people, and it reflects not just diversity in the conventional sense, but also diversity in thought.

Besides Rice, Manning and Haden—a former NFL quarterback and a Rhodes scholar—these are the other reported names on the committee:
  • Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin athletic director
  • Jeff Long, Arkansas athletics director
  • Oliver Luck, West Virginia athletics director
  • Dan Radakovich, Clemson athletics director
  • Lt. Gen. Michael Gould (Ret.), former Air Force Academy superintendent
  • Tom Osborne, former Nebraska athletic director
  • Tyrone Willingham, former Stanford, Notre Dame, Washington coach
  • Tom Jernstedt, former NCAA executive vice president
  • Mike Tranghese, former Big East commissioner
  • Steve Wieberg, former sportswriter at USA Today

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