Should Condoleeza Rice be allowed to serve on the College Football Playoff selection committee?
The answer is definitely “no” if you listened to ESPN analyst David Pollack who said women don’t “belong” on the committee, which includes Rice, a former U.S. Secretary of State.
Pollack warned the audience he was about to say something unpopular during ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ on Saturday and then launched into the sexist remark.
“Now I’m going to stick my foot in my mouth, probably. 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…”
“You said that… I’ll say it, yeah. Yeah,” he responded as other panelists stated that they disagreed.
The comment came just one day after The Associated Press reported that Rice, a former U.S. Secretary of State, is expected to be a member of the committee that will select teams for the College Football Playoff next year.
Among those responding to Pollack’s comments were three prominent female college football broadcasters: ESPN’s Samantha Ponder, Erin Andrews of FOX Sports and Bonnie Bernstein of Campus Insiders.
“Hearing you don’t think women should be on CFB Playoff Selection Comm bc they didn’t play. You & I should chat…’ Bernstein tweeted.
But Pollack tried to clarify his remarks.
“I want people on the committee that eat, sleep & breathe college football during the season. It has nothing to do with male or female,” he tweeted.
Pollack can run his mouth, but fortunately he doesn’t make the decisions.
Rice, who makes no secret of being a college and pro sports fan, will be named to the committee when it is officially announced next month.