Report: Condi Rice to be on panel that picks NCAA football playoff teams

posted at 8:01 pm on October 4, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Condi Rice is someone you can admire on biography alone. If you haven’t read her autobiography, “Extraordinary, Ordinary People,” give it a try. You’ll marvel at the woman she became, at the parents who made her that woman, and a family that believed she could become president despite living in Jim-Crow-era Alabama. Stipulating first her obvious intelligence and poise, she’s Forrest Gumpian in her connection to so many pivotal events and people of America’s modern era. She lost a childhood friend in the Birmingham church bombing. She debated Stokely Carmichael at the dinner table when her father hosted him and other sometimes radical figures for university events. She lived next door to a young Bibi Netanyahu as a teenager. She lived through the Cold War in the Reagan administration and the War on Terror in the Bush administration.

She also dated a Denver Bronco. Which brings me to one of my favorite things about Condi Rice— her passionate and well-known love of football, formed watching Alabama and the Cleveland Browns with her dad as a kid. She’s made it no secret she wants to be involved with the sport post-politics, often saying NFL Commissioner would be her dream job. She’s not there yet, but on top of taking one of the first female memberships at Augusta National, it seems Rice has snagged a spot on the sports world’s newest, high-powered panel— the playoff pickers who will save us from the BCS computer and, with any luck, make the Georgia Bulldogs national champions give the nation a definitive champion when there are so many teams with equal records.

AP reports, though it’s not officially confirmed because the selection process is not finished:

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, a person with direct knowledge of the process told The Associated Press.

The person also said Friday that retired Lt. Gen. Michael Gould, the former Air Force Academy superintendent, and former NCAA executive Tom Jernstedt, who worked with the basketball tournament selection committee, are expected to be part of the new 12-to-18 member football panel.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the selection process is still ongoing.

She’s a bit Gumpian in her college football connections, too, having grown up in Alabama as a fan of the No. 1 ranked Tide and been provost at No. 5 Stanford.

I trust her. Rice’s football love is featured in the NFL’s “Together We Make Football” ad campaign this year. Click the image to watch.

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…she should be secretary of state!

KOOLAID2 on October 4, 2013 at 8:06 PM

She gave the best speech at the 2012 convention. Would’ve been a better keynote speaker than that fatass blowhard.

Mark1971 on October 4, 2013 at 8:09 PM

… that’s kinda absurd. No offense to Condi, but the panel shouldn’t be a bunch of high-profile politicians and celebrities, it should be former college football coaches, and there should be a lot more than 12-18 members. It should be more like the coaches’ poll, and less like the board of directors for a D.C. think tank. I don’t like the idea of Condi on the panel any more than I like the idea of Bill Clinton, Ted Cruz, or any other politician. Leave it to the NCAA to find a way to screw up a college football tournament.

Lawdawg86 on October 4, 2013 at 8:12 PM

I didn’t know they selected them. I thought teams earned their way to the playoffs. Color me confused. Oh, and GO STANFORD!!!

John the Libertarian on October 4, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Let’s the Left’s collective heads explode in 5..4..3..2..1..

SouthernGent on October 4, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Report: Condi Rice to be on panel that picks NCAA football playoff teams

What’s cool abut this and the Augusta membership too is that it just fits her personality and who she is. There is no ulterior “message” to her membership on the selection panel.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 8:14 PM

She should be – the woman knows football

gophergirl on October 4, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Football is her passion. I am so happy for her.

katy the mean old lady on October 4, 2013 at 8:18 PM

the panel shouldn’t be a bunch of high-profile politicians and celebrities, it should be former college football coaches, and there should be a lot more than 12-18 members. It should be more like the coaches’ poll, and less like the board of directors for a D.C. think tank. I don’t like the idea of Condi on the panel any more than I like the idea of Bill Clinton, Ted Cruz, or any other politician. Leave it to the NCAA to find a way to screw up a college football tournament.

Lawdawg86 on October 4, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Lighten up Lawdawg!

Besides coaches’ polls can turn into popularity contests and/or means of rewarding favorites even if the teams are not necessarily the strongest.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 8:19 PM

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the selection process is still ongoing.

In other words, the person leaked this in order to generate enough outrage so she will not be picked.

SAZMD on October 4, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Nice to see Mary Katherine post on here. Sometimes I forget she is a blogger here, since she posts so infrequently.

Anyway, congrats to Condi.

bluegill on October 4, 2013 at 8:25 PM

the panel shouldn’t be a bunch of high-profile politicians and celebrities, it should be former college football coaches, and there should be a lot more than 12-18 members. It should be more like the coaches’ poll, and less like the board of directors for a D.C. think tank. I don’t like the idea of Condi on the panel any more than I like the idea of Bill Clinton, Ted Cruz, or any other politician. Leave it to the NCAA to find a way to screw up a college football tournament.

Lawdawg86 on October 4, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Lighten up Lawdawg!

Besides coaches’ polls can turn into popularity contests and/or means of rewarding favorites even if the teams are not necessarily the strongest.

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Indeed.

The coaches are often the least objective pollsters of all. They have agendas that they advance through their votes in the poll.

Bitter Clinger on October 4, 2013 at 8:43 PM

She would be the best candidate the GOP can put out there in 2016. If you really think and forget being fhe purist conservative and put on your political hat, she would the GOP’s best shot at winning decisively against Hillary. I didn’t say she is the only person who can beat Hillary, because I think fatass Christie can beat her, as well as Rand Paul and Marco Rubio. But I would rather Condi over all those choices. Nevertheless, it is almost a certainty she will be the top VP choice for 2016.

milemarker2020 on October 4, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Lighten up Lawdawg!

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Never!!!!1 Start adding politicians and university presidents to this panel and before long we’ll be looking at an annual 4-way showdown between Notre Dame, USC, Air Force, and the SEC champ. Good for Nick Saban, bad for everyone else.

Lawdawg86 on October 4, 2013 at 8:54 PM

OK, well I guess Stanford is in.

kit dinker on October 4, 2013 at 8:56 PM

The tournament should be SEC Champion, the next best SEC team that didn’t play in the SEC Championship, the PAC-12 Champion, and then a wildcard from the ACC, Big 12, a state university in Ohio (at least while an accomplished, former SEC coach is running the show), and Manti Teo’s alma mater (for as long as Lou ‘Back In the Day’ Holtz continues spitting denture glue at ESPN’s cameramen).

Lawdawg86 on October 4, 2013 at 9:07 PM

A Bushy that supported Obama because he was historic. Yay!

Mr. Arrogant on October 4, 2013 at 9:10 PM

She should be – the woman knows football

gophergirl on October 4, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Football is her passion. I am so happy for her.

katy the mean old lady on October 4, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Really? If she has an above average knowledge of the game, then fine, but the idea of celebrity judging just for the sake of celebrity is horrible.

DFCtomm on October 4, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Carson, Rice! 2016

Rice, Carson, better yet, makes no difference with these two.

Both of them are in a league of their own. Name for me someone better that exemplify the human condition and personifying the American Dream?

I would lay down my life for these two. (Well, at least I would work for that ticket.)

Ed D

serendip2b on October 4, 2013 at 9:27 PM

There’s no woman in America I admire more than this one. Congrats to her.

GOPRanknFile on October 4, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Really? If she has an above average knowledge of the game, then fine, but the idea of celebrity judging just for the sake of celebrity is horrible.

DFCtomm on October 4, 2013 at 9:23 PM

She’s kind of known for her love and knowledge of football. There were rumors that she might be asked to be NFL Commissioner at one point. Trust me…she knows her stuff.

GOPRanknFile on October 4, 2013 at 9:30 PM

I’m sure it pays a lot for doing practically nothing. Certainly nothing important.

rickv404 on October 4, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Really? If she has an above average knowledge of the game, then fine, but the idea of celebrity judging just for the sake of celebrity is horrible.

I’m willing to bet she knows more about football than anybody who reads or posts on this site, including you.

Unless Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, or the Harbaugh brothers happen to be Hot Air denizens, that is.

Esoteric on October 4, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Condi Rice is a class act; something most in the current administration are not…

locomotivebreath1901 on October 4, 2013 at 9:57 PM

God for her but this is kind of strange.

The football committee will have 12-18 members to select 4 teams?

There are 10 members on the NCAA basketball tournament selection committee selecting 37 at large teams.

kcewa on October 4, 2013 at 9:58 PM

I’m willing to bet she knows more about football than anybody who reads or posts on this site, including you.

Unless Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, or the Harbaugh brothers happen to be Hot Air denizens, that is.

Esoteric on October 4, 2013 at 9:42 PM

I’m guessing that you mean as well as a person can know the game who has never actually played it, as opposed to many of the guys here you have played the game up to 10 years when they were young.

DFCtomm on October 4, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Why are amy women allowed on this committee? Why is this going to be allowed to become a political entity instead of letting the game results speak for themselves?

rickyricardo on October 4, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Conflict of interest. Her deep ties to Stanford should disqualify her.

(Full disclosure: I went to UCLA).

Hayabusa on October 4, 2013 at 10:05 PM

(Full disclosure: I went to UCLA).

Hayabusa on October 4, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Then you must be thrilled to know that Pat Haden will be on the committee :)

kcewa on October 4, 2013 at 10:21 PM

4-way showdown between Notre Dame, USC, Air Force, and the SEC champ. Good for Nick Saban, bad for everyone else.

Lawdawg86 on October 4, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Naw, not USC. Not anytime soon. They’ve been gutted. Oregon & Stanford.

John the Libertarian on October 4, 2013 at 10:45 PM

I don’t like the idea of Condi on the panel any more than I like the idea of Bill Clinton, Ted Cruz, or any other politician. Leave it to the NCAA to find a way to screw up a college football tournament.

Lawdawg86 on October 4, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Ms. Rice is not a politician. Never has been, probably never will be. It is a pursuit that is beneath her.

M240H on October 4, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Happy Nomad on October 4, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Despite being a woman myself-I was disappointed when Augusta caved to the feminists. IMO: Woman should not have been allowed in.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 4, 2013 at 11:56 PM

M240H on October 4, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Condi is an apologist for the Fakestinians.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 4, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Condi should be the sitting VP right now – instead of that worthless freaking moron idiot Biden.
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Identity politics? you betcha, for sure.
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Election consequences? Even more sure.

FlaMurph on October 5, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Maybe it’s just this new cinnamon-flavored whiskey I bought today talking, but I would be elated if she was the first female president on the GOP ticket and I don’t really care if she’s pro-choice or voted for Obama. OK, that’s the whiskey talking right there.

Kafir on October 5, 2013 at 12:12 AM

At least the Pac 8 will be represented.

No, I do not recognize those pretenders from the east who have glommed onto the Pac recently.

Scribbler on October 5, 2013 at 1:20 AM

At least the Pac 8 will be represented.

No, I do not recognize those pretenders from the east who have glommed onto the Pac recently.

Scribbler on October 5, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Uh… I understand Colorado and Utah but what are the other two? ASU and UofA? I can understand if you don’t want UofA there so maybe you could compete in basketball again.

The Notorious G.O.P on October 5, 2013 at 3:15 AM

Oregon does just fine, thanks. But it’s the ‘Pacific Athletic Conference’ and face it, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado are all eastern and away from the ocean. It’s a gripe that has to do with our historical rivals on the Coast.

Frankly, the 45 states out east can play with themselves, and we’d be just fine. We’ll play whomever comes to the Coast at Autzen at the end of the season and call it good.

Scribbler on October 5, 2013 at 3:41 AM

I didn’t know they selected them. I thought teams earned their way to the playoffs. Color me confused. Oh, and GO STANFORD!!!

John the Libertarian on October 4, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Why am I NOT surprised that a Stanford alum is confused about college football? You guys have one of the best teams in the country and yet you remain utterly detached.

You and your fellow alumni do a great dis-service to Coach Shaw and his team.

Captain Kirock on October 5, 2013 at 4:18 AM

In addition to her other listed accomplishments, Condi speaks Russian, plays the piano and I believe achieved the Novice level in the US Figure Skating Association, a not inconsiderable feat in itself (you try doing Axels and double Toes without killing yourself some time).

What all this means is that she is a person who can concentrate, spend the time, put in the effort and achieve extraordinarily difficult goals. Given that proven ability in so many wildly varied fields, I would not be surprise if her passionate love of football has given her an encyclopedic knowledge and a deep understanding.

Sure she never played the game in the NCAA or NFL, but Stephen Hawking has never visited a black hole either.

MichiCanuck on October 5, 2013 at 6:30 AM

… that’s kinda absurd. No offense to Condi, but the panel shouldn’t be a bunch of high-profile politicians and celebrities, it should be former college football coaches, and there should be a lot more than 12-18 members. It should be more like the coaches’ poll, and less like the board of directors for a D.C. think tank. I don’t like the idea of Condi on the panel any more than I like the idea of Bill Clinton, Ted Cruz, or any other politician. Leave it to the NCAA to find a way to screw up a college football tournament.

Lawdawg86 on October 4, 2013 at 8:12 PM

Lt. Gen. Gould STARTED for the Air Force Academy football team when he was a cadet… I met him in 2008 at US Transportation Command when he relieved as the incoming J3 (Joint Operations)… he is an OUTSTANDING choice…

Khun Joe on October 5, 2013 at 7:33 AM

You have to admire a woman who is whip-smart, can play concert classical piano, and has a rabid passion for football.

Grace_is_sufficient on October 5, 2013 at 7:48 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on October 4, 2013 at 11:56 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on October 4, 2013 at 11:57 PM

A woman after my own heart.

(ALT, that is; not Condi)

Cleombrotus on October 5, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Affirmative action…alive and strong.

trs on October 5, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Any Republican who says they do not believe that Obama would do anything against American interests SHOULD stick to football and leave the politics to those with clearer vision.

Cleombrotus on October 5, 2013 at 9:47 AM

it might just be me, but anyone who thinks abortion and Obama is ok is ignorant or evil. Condi Rice is not ignorant. A mountain of accomplishments won’t get you to heaven.

williampeck1958 on October 5, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Oregon does just fine, thanks. But it’s the ‘Pacific Athletic Conference’ and face it, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado are all eastern and away from the ocean. It’s a gripe that has to do with our historical rivals on the Coast.

Frankly, the 45 states out east can play with themselves, and we’d be just fine. We’ll play whomever comes to the Coast at Autzen at the end of the season and call it good.

Scribbler on October 5, 2013 at 3:41 AM

Colorado and Arizona are “out East”, huh azzhole? Well I got news for you from Hawaii. For us REAL denizens of the Pacific, you California POS are just “east coast trash” as well. Piss off, loser. The 48 states way out east can play with themselves.

Oh yeah’ and WSU, Oregon, and OSU aren’t exactly coastal campuses, hell, not even in coastal cities or counties, you moron.

Daikokuco on October 5, 2013 at 6:05 PM

I am so happy for Condi Rice. Her Pac-12 and SEC ties, logical thinking, and growing up in a big football family, makes her extremely qualified. But unfortunately, the 4-team playoff is going to be a disaster. These BCS folks are still going to discount small schools from the top 4, simply because they don’t generate the same level of money to the sport and because 2/3rds of their schedule is full of junky teams. An 8 to 16 team with more fair and reasonable.

Frank T.J Mackey on October 6, 2013 at 8:21 AM