Barry Switzer is the latest football personality to be off base regarding the new College Football Playoff selection committee. On Dec. 6, Switzer joined KOAL 750 AM and stated his reasons for disliking the committee.
As is the common sentiment with the “Jockocracy,” Switzer feels that there is more sizzle than steak on the panel. He does not believe that there are enough experts. Below is a snippet of his interview with KOAL.
His target for the celebrity persona was committee whipping girl Condoleezza Rice. Credit Switzer for not taking the misogynistic route of Pat Dye or David Pollack, though he still used Rice as a poster child for why the committee is not legitimate. Switzer feels more comfortable talking foreign policy with Ms. Rice than football.
Like everyone, Switzer is entitled to his own opinion. However, it’s an antiquated notion that a person who hasn’t played or coached football is unable to judge the merits of a team.
Athletic directors constantly weigh the successes and failures of their respective teams. They are qualified to hire coaches. They know what constitutes a good football team.
In the case of Ms. Rice, she was part of the hiring committee for a fellow selection member, Tyrone Willingham, when he was vetted for the Stanford coaching position. Willingham, by Switzer’s assertion, is more qualified than Rice due to his time coaching.
Another member of the committee, Steve Wieberg, is a respected journalist. He didn’t play, but simply wrote about football for 30 years.
The College Football Playoff selection committee contains a broad swath of football experts. It has people who have observed the game from the huddle, sidelines, front office and press box. Despite the concerns, it is well represented on all fronts.