Condoleezza Rice says she's 'a student of the game'

The selection committee for the new College Football Playoff committee was made official on Wednesday, and the committee does in fact include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Since Rice's inclusion was first reported weeks ago the decision has faced a lot of criticism from the public and the media.

The most notable criticism came from former Auburn coach Pat Dye who said the only thing Rice knows about football "is what somebody told her." ESPN analyst David Pollack also questioned her credibility, and the credibility of anybody who doesn't study game tape.

In a teleconference on Wednesday, Rice responded to the critics.

"I've been in enough positions to respect people with different views," Rice said. "Not everyone on the committee has played the game, but I'm a student of the game."

Rice also went on to say that she doesn't feel she's carrying a banner for "anyone except those of us who love college football." She also said she plans on watching "as much film as I can" to study football teams.

The former Secretary of State, who was born in Birmingham, Ala., also showed her knowledge of the history of the sport, referencing the 1966 game between Notre Dame and Michigan State. In that game Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian played for a tie to make sure that his Fighting Irish stayed undefeated. Because of that decision, both Notre Dame and Michigan State finished the season 9-0-1 and ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the AP Poll, ahead of an 11-0 Alabama team. 

I wonder if David Pollack remembers that game and the controversy it caused?

CBS Sports Writer

Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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