Jan 1, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; Stanford University alumnus Condoleezza Rice celebrate after the Stanford Cardinal won the 2013 Rose Bowl game against Wisconsin Badgers 20-14 at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Condoleezza Rice will get to decide teams for college football playoff


There is no question that the former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has made some difficult decisions in her tenure of public office. She has made numerous decisions that were dissected and analyzed as matters of national security, yet her new role may earn her more public scrutiny than any previous job.

ESPN is reporting that Rice is one of the 6 panelists that have already been named to the newly created College Football Playoff selection committee. This group will be responsible for selecting the four teams that will play in a playoff to decide the National Champion. The full committee is expected to be around 15 members.

Rice seems to be qualified for the position as many have vouched for her love of college athletics.

Rice, who has never worked in college athletics, frequently attends Stanford athletic events and meets with many of the athletes, including football players being recruited by the school. She’s also been a volunteer coach for the golf team.

I don’t really understand this placement. It seems like they are making this decision to try to bolster their credibility, but I would rather someone whose livelihood is directly tied to college football making the decisions. She may be helpful diffusing any uncomfortable situation or helping get the group to a consensus but it is not clear whether she has the time to follow college football as in-depth as I would want someone who is making that decision.

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