Condoleezza Rice and Archie Manning on Playoff Committee?

Condoleezza Rice

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Various media outlets reported yesterday that the playoff committee is beginning to take shape with the naming of Condoleezza Rice and Archie Manning as likely members.

Other names that have emerged who are expected to be on the 12- to 18-member committee:* Former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese* Arkansas Athletics Director Jeff Long

* USC Athletics Director Pat Haden

* West Virginia Athletics Director Oliver Luck

* Clemson Athletics Director Dan Radakovich

* Wisconsin Athletics Director Barry Alvarez

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dentaldawg
dentaldawg

Hate to say I agree with Lee Corso about anything but he is right, Vince Dooley has the cred to be on this committee.

dougscoffee
dougscoffee

Condi loves football.  She will be great. 

Gawdsport
Gawdsport moderator

I get that Condy belongs to every prominent Gollf CC, including Augusta Natty. I am all for diversity, geographic racial and otherwise, but holy Molely members NEED TO have played/ coached the gm. If MY team doesn't get in and she voted for another that did (against me) I've got issues AND she becomes a target for criticism.

DallasDawg
DallasDawg

I give the idea merit but 4 teams is not enough. Since 4 is the number for now, for goodness sake, have more that 12-18 people on the committee. They all will have their favored team and if its in the top 10 at the end of the season, I am sure they will get a vote.

alabamadawg
alabamadawg

I wish Condy would just go quietly into the night. She can come back when she finds those WMD, or apologizes...

South FL Dawg
South FL Dawg

I would only have a problem if she favors her school. But I would have that problem with anybody favoring his or her own school. IMO picking the playoff teams doesn't require the ability to diagram x's or o's. For that matter some who did play or coach weren't good at it so I'm not sure what you would be measuring. But what these people should be required to do is watch games and be aware and knowledgeable. FWIW, her father was a high school football coach and she takes an active interest at Stanford. But full disclosure - I'm a lady so I never played either :-)

ecdawg
ecdawg moderator

@Gawdsport

I get what you're saying and agree… But she is going to be the supposed above-the-fray member – IMHO

dougscoffee
dougscoffee

@DallasDawg I wish we had an 8 or 16 team playoff.  The div II (whatever they call it now, I refuse to use the word) has done a real play-off for years and worked it successfully.  It isn't that many more games for the championship teams.

ecdawg
ecdawg moderator

@DallasDawg 

If I remember correctly the article mentions a 12-16 member committee.

PTCDawg
PTCDawg

@alabamadawg I don't think I can reply to this post without violating the unwritten rules of the people that make this blog wonderful so I guess I will just go get ready for some football....

Gawdsport
Gawdsport moderator

If I were a Physic Prof up for a Nobel Prize, I would want other Physic experts judging my quality of work - not the highest ranking member of the Rotary Club who's father taught the subject and who reads articles on the black hole each Sat for 3 months. It really isn't a gender argument/ Neanderthal/ good ole boy network. It is about a knowledge base to know what you are voting on - street cred & transparency. And yes I wholehearted agree that there needs to be a commitment after behind the acceptance to the committee. If we don't have experts we are left with the Mumme poll.

DallasDawg
DallasDawg

Still not enough for me but my main complaint is that 4 teams is too littl for a playoff. 12 teams is better based solely in BCS ranking. And about committeez in grneral, You out 12-18 people on a committee and their will be one alpha male controlling the process. Their will be rules but someone will exploit the loopholes to their advantage.

ecdawg
ecdawg moderator

@PTCDawg

You're right - it's time to let this particular part of the tread die.

South FL Dawg
South FL Dawg

So maybe men shouldn't legislate on women's choices? Let's just get the best people. How they got there doesn't matter.

Gawdsport
Gawdsport moderator

I admire her story. I think that professionally and her private life are to be uplifted, celebrated and a true role model regardless of political slant you favor. I would luv to have 3 hr dialogue with her, but we not selecting outstanding citizen (or even Pres), we're selecting CFB teams. But when Bama and Stanford are selected over UGA, will you feel the same way? If UGA got left out, I would want to know that there's a FB reason behind the decision and not based on some coalition put together by Condy (or even that appearance). Good ppl can disagree.

PTCDawg
PTCDawg

@Gawdsport Here is someone who is highly intelligent, deeply understands the game, has achieved at the highest personal levels and has unquestioned character. Yeah, I can see how you would not want someone like that to be on a selection committee.

DallasDawg
DallasDawg

No you didn't. I think more people are needed. A good thing about the BCS rankings is that it gives as much of an fair opinion as possible between the 2 polls and computers.

Now we want to put those ranking decisions in only a few who will claim to be impartial but I don't believe its possible. We all have our preferences.

Let's let the impartial ranking of the BCS make the decisions of who plays and who doesn't. We can not include every conference champion because al of them lime the SWAC champion simply are not good enough.

Therefore, let the top 12 in BCS play in a playoff and we don't gave to worry about politics of the matter or people's biases.

DC Dawg
DC Dawg

@DallasDawg IMO 4 teams is just right.  Anymore and you reduce the importance of the regular season and conference title games we all love so much.  However do not worry.  Like everything else, this will follow the money, and if a dollar can be made, you will see an increase to 8, 12 and finally 16 teams.

ecdawg
ecdawg moderator

@DallasDawg

I misread your comment. I thought you were talking about the committee size.

It will not be long before the playoff expands to eight. There may be a considerable time lapse before it goes beyond that.