ESPN's David Pollack: Women don't belong on playoff selection committee

Saturday October 5th, 2013

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The names of several potential members of the College Football Playoff selection committee leaked this week, and one name stood out above many others. The Associated Press reported that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to be named to the committee, which will select the four teams that will participate in the sport's upcoming playoff.

But according to one ESPN college football analyst, Rice doesn't belong on that committee.

On Saturday's ESPN College Gameday broadcast, David Pollack described his preferred criteria for those considered for the committee, criteria that included actual football experience. Host Chris Fowler asked Pollack if that meant women shouldn't be allowed to serve on the committee.


"Now I'm going to stick my foot in my mouth, probably," Pollack said. "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--"


"So no woman belongs on the committee, then?" said Fowler.

"You said that ... I'll say it, yeah. Yeah," said Pollack."


Pollack's comments caught plenty of flack on social media, including a dig from ESPN sideline reporter Samantha Ponder.

Still, some folks had a different view.

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