There has been plenty of criticism of the selection of Condoleezza Rice to the upcoming College Football Playoff selection committee, but perhaps no one has taken an approach to the former secretary of state’s appointment as misguided as former Auburn football coach Pat Dye.
Appearing on WJOX morning show "The Opening Drive" on Monday, Dye lashed out at the choice, accusing the Alabama native Rice of not knowing the game.
"All she knows about football is what somebody told her," Dye said. "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 also indicated that the decision to include Rice in the process could impact the fairness of the selection process.
"That goes back to politics — which one she likes the best, which one’s the smoothest talker," the 73-year-old, who last coached in 1992, before the dawn of the Terry Bowden era, said. "The game is played on the field."
It’s not a given that Dye intended for his statement to come off as sexist, and perhaps he would have said the same thing about a male politician who was appointed to the committee.
But it sure came across that way, and now Dye will go down as the latest live radio cautionary tale as a result.