Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Condi Rice Is Exactly What Playoff Committee Needs

Former Auburn coach Pat Dye became the latest to insert himself into the Condi Rice controversy by claiming all the former secretary of state "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."

I happen to think the ability to understand a spreadsheet and make sense of it is pretty important, too.

Rice's apparent inclusion on the panel that will decide the College Football Playoff field beginning next season has been derided by many, who invariably trotted out the tripe adage that "you have to have played and/or coached football" to understand football.

If that utter nonsense is true, then someone who hasn't served in the military should not be allowed to run for president, since that person could become the next commander-in-chief. And many of the current baseball front office executives should be immediately fired since they barely played Little League ball, if at all.

The fact that Rice—and others whose names have surfaced—are on the committee is a good thing. It shows the forward-thinking nature of the people (Management Committee) who will be running the College Football Playoff. It's not BCS 2.0, but something better.


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