Pat Dye: ‘All (Condoleezza Rice) knows about football is what somebody told her’
Former Auburn coach Pat Dye has joined the list of men in hot water for the their comments regarding the reports that Condoleezza Rice will serve on the selection committee for the College Football Playoff. Following ESPN college football analyst David Pollack’s comments Saturday that the selection committee should be made up of people who have played football and therefore should not include women, Dye expressed a similar opinion on WJOX 94.5′s morning show, The Opening Drive:
“All she knows about football is what somebody told her,” Dye said of Rice. “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?”
Dye’s comments, of course, ignore the fact that the one widely used poll that is comprised entirely of male voters who have played with their hand in the dirt — the USA Today Coaches Poll — is frequently maligned for its inaccuracy. Dye also glosses over the fact that the rest of the BCS formula, which the College Football Playoff selection committee is replacing, is largely determined by media members, most of whom have never played, or at least not at a high level in the game like Dye would presumably like.
In regard to Rice’s placement on the committee, Dye also worried about the former secretary of state’s political background interfering with her ability to select teams in an unbiased manner.
“That goes back to politics,” Dye said. “Which one she likes best, which one’s the smoothest talker. The game is played on the field.”