Jan 1, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; Stanford University alumnus Condoleezza Rice hugs Stanford Cardinal running back Remound Wright (22) after Stanford won the 2013 Rose Bowl game against Wisconsin Badgers 20-14 at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Bob Stoops Fine with Condoleezza Rice in Playoff Committee


Most people have heard Oklahoma Sooners’ head coach Bob Stoops worries about the upcoming College Playoff system. While he thinks it is a good idea, he doesn’t like the fact that the committee includes people with direct links to specific colleges.

The fact is that all the major conferences have one person on the voting committee. While this is nice for competitive balance, and the committee promises that they will not allow a person to vote when their school is up for voting, what is to keep Pay Haden, a Pac-12 athletic director, from favoring the Pac-12? Nothing.

However, the Powers that Be believe that all the voters they chose will be honorable men and have no agendas to help their conferences. But, Stoops worries are justified. Honestly, it is the mid-major conferences who should be more discouraged. At least the BCS system allowed smaller schools to get the chance to break into the party. These major conference voters will – and I believe this with all my heart – never vote for a mid-major over a school from one of their power conferences.

However, with that said, there is one controversial move in the College Playoff Committee that Bob Stoops has no problem with – the signing of former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. While people have cried that she has never played football and should not be there, Stoops said that he is “a very experienced individual in all ways.”

He then added that he won’t oppose anyone on the committee, which is smart because these are humans choosing the fate of schools, and humans hold grudges. Since college football is returning to the back room bargaining system to determine the playoff teams again, Stoops might as well not make any enemies.

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