Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is one of nine people expected to be part of the selection committee for the College Football Playoff that begins in 2014.
George Schreeder of USA Today Sports wrote: “A person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the committee has not been announced, also confirmed the following members: Wisconsin athletics director Barry Alvarez, USC athletics director Pat Haden, Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long, West Virginia athletics director Oliver Luck and Clemson athletics director Dan Radakovich, in addition to Rice, former Ole Miss and NFL quarterback Archie Manning, former NCAA Executive Vice President Tom Jernstedt and former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese all to be selections.”
Apparently Rice’s appeal came from her diverse background, she holds degrees from the University of Denver and Notre Dame, and is currently a professor of political science at Stanford. She served as national security advisor from 2001-05 and secretary of state from 2005-09.
Rice and the others are expected to be charged with weighing in on head-to-head competitions, comparable opponents, conference championships and how key injuries might influence a team’s performance.
“It’s an all-star cast,” the source boasted.
This information was supposed to be kept confidential until an official announcement was made, but obviously that didn’t happen.