During ESPN’s College GameDay broadcast from Evanston on Saturday, David Pollack offered some strong opinions on the new college football selection committee.
When discussing the candidacy of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Pollack vehemently opposed. He said that he only wants former players on the committee. When prompted by host Chris Fowler that his statements meant no women would be on the committee, Pollack agreed.
Later in the day, David Pollack took to Twitter to clarify his position on the matter.
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
Pollack was caught in the heat during a free-flowing discussion. He, most likely, did not mean to be misogynistic. However, he felt the wrath of our instant-analysis world. In the future he should collect his thoughts before fleshing out opinions, especially when he’s on live television.
In regards to his stance on the committee: it sounds like typical athlete elitism. Experts extend beyond the locker room. Journalists decide Hall of Fame inductees and post-season award winners. School officials determine rules changes. It’s understandable that Pollack wants only football enthusiasts on the panel. He just needs to realize that people on the outside can live the game just as well as former players. His colleagues and producers will coach him up. Hopefully he puts on a better face next week. From everything Pollack has shown up to this point, he’s better than this.