Spurrier on Rice pick: No problem
The idea of Condoleezza Rice being part of the selection committee for a college football playoff continued to make headlines into a fourth day Tuesday.
This time, it was South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier who was asked his feelings about Rice, who is reportedly part of the committee that will pick the four teams to play off for the national championship, starting after the 2014 season. The committee will be announced later this year.
"Why not?" Spurrier said. "She's a Stanford graduate [and she] plays a little golf."
Rice is one of two female members at Augusta National Golf Club, site of The Masters. Spurrier is an avid golfer and has played the course often.
Spurrier clearly wanted to stay away from the controversial comments about Rice that have put former Auburn coach Pat Dye and current ESPN college football analyst David Pollack in the spotlight.
Asked during "College GameDay" on Saturday whether he thought a woman belonged on the committee, Pollack said, "I'll say it … yeah," later adding: "I want people on this committee, guys that can watch tape. ... Yes, that have played football, that are around football, that can tell you different teams, on tape, not on paper ... "
Earlier this week, Dye said of Rice on radio station WJOX in Birmingham, Ala.: "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.
"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?"
Rice was secretary of state under George W. Bush and served as provost at Stanford. She's originally from Alabama and is an avid college football fan.