Posted October 05, 2013

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

It's Called The College Football Playoff, Playoff, Postseason, Selection Committee

[Video via thebiglead.com]

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.

101 comments
JackKennedy
JackKennedy

pollock is just doing his bozohack best to tow the line against a Booosh cabinet member

GTT
GTT

Jim Gumm and Wells Guthrie did the same thing on the Chattanooga ESPN affiliate. And when a listener called them out on it on the station Facebook page, they deleted the post, which contained no bad language or anything but a fair depiction and criticism of the show.

Anthony31
Anthony31

I couldn't agree more, I am so sick of seeing women in men sports. What creditability does Condalezza Rice have in sports?

KenScott
KenScott

Selecting four teams out of the top 6 or so won't be rocket science.  The best one or two (maybe three) will be fairly obvious, and the only question will be seeding.  For the lower seeds there will be controversies every year no matter who the selectors are, and it's very unlikely that breaking down game videos will have any impact a selector's choice.  At best they'll watch a few games, then vote with their gut.

It's pretty clear to me that any intelligent person with a life-long appreciation of the game would make a great selector.  Gender doesn't factor into it.

wildbill46
wildbill46

Why do women need to get mixed up in men's sports? Ladies have plenty of women's sports and mixed gender events to control. Neither should journalists have power in these critical decisions. Sole authority should reside with recognized male experts who have either played or served as head coaches of  major football programs at the collegiate level or higher.  

MartyJenkins
MartyJenkins

There are plenty of women that could do this job.  You just need to show a competent understanding of college football and the nature of the game.  You dont have to be an Xs and Os genius - just someone who can eye-test teams and watch tape and stat sheets and make rational determinations about who the best are.  


Gender doesn't apply here - or at least it shouldn't.  The best for the job should be the only requirement for who is on this committee - bottom line

Thomas5
Thomas5

Nothing wrong with women on the selection committee, as long as they know what they are talking about.  The problem is THIS particular woman, Condosleeza, should be in a war crimes court being sentenced to jail, not living the high-life.

As far as David Pollack goes, he is a sexist who thinks you can't know about football unless you played it.  You know like all those guys who set the Vegas odds.  Puhleese.

Blake2
Blake2

How is this even a story?  This is the problem with our country.  I thought we had a right to speak freely here?  No wonder we are the laughing stock of the world, get some thicker skin people and move on....

zacktrobertson
zacktrobertson

Forget about whether or not the person is a woman. Have they played / coached college football. No? That should settle that.

ll316
ll316

While I definitely disagree with him here, I do wish that woman announcer would get off of ESPN2.  I can't stand her voice and can't bring myself to watch any games that she's doing.

mystafugee
mystafugee

Pollack's probably gone, ESPN doesn't need the bad press and it's not like Pollack is a big time personality.  

Evan9
Evan9

It is absolutely ridiculous that this is even being debated.  If we were on the verge of war and President Obama needed an expert to give their sound opinion, do you believe Mr. Obama would call Nick Saban? Why not? Perhaps the reason is because his expertise is on the subject of football and not political science. So why on earth would anyone believe that  someone that has dedicated her life to political science would be a good selection? If there is going to be a selection committee, it's going to need to be filled with high caliber former coaches or players.  They are the only people on earth qualified for such a job.  The last time I checked, there wasn't a single female of note as either a coach or as a player. Sorry, but division 3 kickers don't count.

mike202
mike202

If this is about Football knowledge than I would ask why is Tyrone Willingham on the list?

MissMaryMc
MissMaryMc

Many women today can quite ably demonstrate impressive football knowledge and abilities when given a chance to play. There have been several female kickers who have played at the collegiate level, and there are several women's football leagues (at least one league is a full contact tackle football league). It would be interesting to know if he would be ok with one of those players being on the panel.

jonathan.pavlik
jonathan.pavlik

Oh my goodness...someone said something that is "slightly" offensive when taken out of context.  We must now insist he is ostracized by all of society and to no longer have a source of income to support his family!  How dare this evil MAN insist that in his opinion the participants have actual EXPERIENCE in the field in which they are asked/expected to be expert decision makers affecting millions of people and millions of dollars, all while allowing ZERO tolerance for errors in judgement/lack of complete knowledge of all the facts and details of an insanely complicated amount of data.  Off with his head!  He has made his first AND LAST offensive comment when taken out of context!

Lou Diamond Phillips
Lou Diamond Phillips

Just as long as the woman on the committee is not Erin Andrews. That woman seems to have nothing between her ears.

Lou Diamond Phillips
Lou Diamond Phillips

Condi Rice will claim Alabama has weapons of mass destruction and then she will urge the NCAA to attack Tuscaloosa. 

Lou Diamond Phillips
Lou Diamond Phillips

He wants women in the kitchen ready to fetch him a sandwich with a cold beer during half time. 

TheVon
TheVon

Tempest, meet teapot

Rick in Huahin!
Rick in Huahin!

There's a lot of very good women in sports, Rice is NOT one of them! Afterall, look at the crap she pulled with Bush, soory have lost all respect for her and HER JUDGEMENT!

Chris8
Chris8

Wow you sports media types are reeeaaally reaching with this one.

JanMooreBavousett
JanMooreBavousett

Football is sexist enough with all the women in lycra parading around.  It is horrible an ESPN announcer would exclude committee member solely based on their gender.  Really?  I'd love to see Dr. Condi Rice smack that guy down, but she is too classy and smart for that.

C-Diddy
C-Diddy

The entire selection committee should be transgendered - this is the ONLY way to ensure fairness.

sptsguy12345
sptsguy12345

There should be no issues with a woman being on the committee if she knows the game, follows the game, understands the game as well as the other members of the committee do.  If Ms. Rice does, then pull a chair up… if she doesn't then she should find some other way to spend her time and whatever moron proposed putting her on the committee should be cut loose.  

B84
B84

hes 100% correct. stop being all offended and go comment on jezebel.

B-f-G
B-f-G

C, Rice is just a famous name.  She has about as much business being on the committee as I do.

I have a bigger problem with media types/journalists on the committee.  ESPN & CBS are paying $3 billion to the SEC for the rights to televise their games.  Do you think committee members from ESPN or CBS can be objective?  Heck no their #1 goal will be protecting their investment.

renee
renee

ESPN better have the stones to fire this guy given all the women they have on their broadcast staff.

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

Making statements tending to exclude women from the process (Pollack) seems contra-indicated, given that this playoff is just a greedmeister money-grab.  But so too is holding a discussion panel (“GameDay”) outside amongst 5,000 lubricated, screaming college Geeks & Greeks.

And since when did C. Rice get cachet?  It was a traumatic time, but my lasting impression of her is fumbling for answers post 9-11 and feebly trying to deflect blame towards prior Administration.

GTT
GTT

Guess they can dish it out, but not take it.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@Blake2 laughing stock of the world? Take a good look at the lives of the people laughing. If you are so unhappy here, LEAVE! free speech is a part of being american but he is a paid analyst in this situation. More than likely he will be reprimanded by his employer for making those remarks while being PAID to talk. Are you one of those FOX NEWS WATCHING DOOMSDAY PREPPERS?? 

mkonyak
mkonyak

@Evan9 This might be a valid argument if we were comparing football game planning to political strategy. But we're talking here about opinions of what teams deserve to be in a playoff to the exclusion of others. Your lack of experience doesn't stop you from having an opinion, does it? I'm much more interested in an unbiased fan than football experience. In that regard, Ms. Rice is actually better qualified than Nick Saban for this job.


BTW, in you analogy, players are little more than foot soldiers, and typically understand very little about game strategy.

azathoth
azathoth

@Evan9 Then he should have kept it at, "Only people with extensive football experience should be on the committee."  It's just dumb to single out women in this context.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Evan9 I'll take Rice over some of those coaches on the list, at least she doesn't have an agenda.  

MartyJenkins
MartyJenkins

@B84  LOL so you can't judge something unless you've done it - right.....   moronic statement

MartyJenkins
MartyJenkins

@renee  what a ridiculous statement - grow up  and let people speak their mind "big brother"

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@renee Everything is a firing offense with you political correctness junkies.  Until you get fired from your job, in which case it becomes racism, sexism,  or some other ism based on the complete unfairness of the big, mean world.

Blake2
Blake2

@Voiceover310 @Blake2 no not at all, this country is so scared to hurt someone feelings, anytime someone says something that isnt PC, and ONE PERSON doesn't like what he said, or is "offended" this crap happens.  I am not a FOX NEW WATCHING DOOMSDAY PREPPER, i am just sick and tired of how everyone in our country is offended by every little thing.  

So you think someone who has never played the sport, never been on the field, and has 0 first hand knowledge about something, should be placed on a committee?  Not just football, just anything?  Are you one of those OMG HE SAID SOMETHING THAT OFFENDED ME, I AM GOING TO SMEAR HIS NAME ALL OVER THE INTERNET, THAT WAY NO ONE KNOWS WHO I REALLY AM?


MartyJenkins
MartyJenkins

@mystafugee  what a joke - so the guy gives his opinion and you think he should be fired?  Why dont we all just conform and wear the same things, say the same things, all be PC all the time and everyone will be happy 


what a joke

C-Diddy
C-Diddy

@azathoth @C-Diddy Good point.  The entire selection committee should be transgendered little people - this is the ONLY way to ensure fairness.

Blake2
Blake2

@Voiceover310 @Blake2 in looking at some of your recent posts, you are just another internet troll.   Hide behind your keyboard sir.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@Blake2 What he said doesn't offend me at all and I was not trying to "smear" his name all over the internet. You need some reading comprehension classes my friend.