Carefully articulating a delicate point can be a challenge on live TV. ESPN College Gameday analyst David Pollack made a point about the formation of the first College Football Playoff committee that perhaps could have been worded differently.
Via The Big Lead:
I tend to give Pollack the benefit of the doubt, and he offered clarification on Twitter.
I want people on the committee that eat, sleep & breathe college football during the season. It has nothing to do with male or female
— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) October 5, 2013
However, Twitter reaction did not interpret Pollack’s point as simply inarticulately stated.
Hey David Pollack. She made decisions on foreign policy, wars, diplomacy. How ever will her female brain decipher football tape?
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) October 5, 2013
That wasn't the first time Pollack's equated women with AIN'T FOOTBALL: http://t.co/l2P8F4clLt
— Jason Kirk (@JasonKirkSBN) October 5, 2013
David Pollack, you sir are dead wrong and should apologize: http://t.co/xOn9s98Mqu
— Cameron McDonough (@Cam_McDonough) October 5, 2013
There is certainly an argument to be made about the inclusion of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on the selection committee. She is a profoundly intelligent woman who held one of the most important posts in all of global politics. In the grand scheme, Rice’s previous work experience is to selecting a college football playoff field as brain surgeon is to unclogging a sink.
She reportedly loves football and follows the game. She appeared at last year’s Rose Bowl Game to support her alma mater, Stanford, and her father was a noted Alabama supporter.
That said, there’s an argument to be made for representatives with football-specific experience. That includes former athletic directors and current reporters–of all genders.
However, the assertion women don’t belong on the committee is poorly conceived at best and ignorant at worst.