Oct 182013
 

By Finebaum Fan.

Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice

Move over David Pollack, Pat Dye, and “Jim from Tuscaloosa”.

Apparently, Kevin Scarbinsky wants to be the wagon master on the bandwagon.

You know the one – the big one with all the male chauvinist, hand in the dirt, Condi Rice detractors.

Background

From CollegeFootballPlayoff.com:

Beginning with the 2014-15 season, college football will enter a new era when a postseason playoff will begin. The format is simple:  top four teams, two semifinals played in bowl games, and a national championship game played in a different city each year. Each semifinal will be played during the New Year’s holiday with the national championship game in prime time on a Monday night at least a week later. It will be the best of all worlds, and the biggest innovation to the sport in decades.

A selection committee will choose the four teams for the playoff based on their performance during the regular season, including, strength of schedule, head-to-head results, championships won, and other factors.  The teams will be seeded so that #1 will play #4 in one semifinal and #2 will meet #3 in the other, with the winners advancing to the national championship game.

David Pollack

Over the past couple of weeks, speculation that Dr. Condoleezza Rice could be named to the College Football Playoff selection committee sparked noticeable debate on television, radio, Twitter, and in newsprint.

This exchange took place before a nationally televised audience on an ESPN’s College Gameday panel which, among others, included host Chris Fowler, Paul Finebaum, and David Pollack, the three-time All-American at the University of Georgia:

Pollack: “Now I’m going to stick my foot in my mouth, probably. I want people on this committee, guys, that can watch tape, yes, that have played football, that are around football, that can tell you different teams, on tape, not on paper–”

Fowler: “So no woman belongs on the committee, then?”

Pollack: “You said that … I’ll say it, yeah. Yeah,”

Critics of Pollack took to Twitter to voice their displeasure with his comments.

Pat Dye

Former Auburn University head football coach Pat Dye has been criticized for these remarks concerning Dr. Rice on the Birmingham, Alabama radio station, WJOX.

“All she knows about football is what somebody told her 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?”

Dr. Rice responded to Dye’s remarks in an interview with Colin Cowherd on the ESPN Show, “Olbermann”.

“Jim From Tuscaloosa”

A recurring character and self proclaimed “best caller” to the Paul Finebaum Radio Show, “Jim From Tuscaloosa”, called Finebaum multiple times before the announcement lamenting the idea that “a woman” could serve on the commitee.

“Jim” has been outspoken on twitter regarding both Dr. Rice and the College Football Playoff selection commitee.


Kevin Scarbinsky

Kevin Scarbinsky, sports columnist for The Birmingham News and Al.com, wrote in an article yesterday:

“She (Rice) has no business helping to decide the four teams that’ll have a shot at the national title. What she’s not, and never has been, is a football professional. Every single member of the first College Football Playoff committee, at the very least, should have that distinction on his resume.”

Yesterday, it was announced that Dr. Condoleezza Rice was indeed named to the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Today, Scarbinski offered this summation:

“All in all, Rice’s first day as an official football expert went fairly well as she respectfully disagreed with those of us who respectfully disagree with her place on the committee. She did make one misstep, though.”

Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated interviewed Dr. Rice regarding her role on the selection committee.

Mandel: Speaking of data, do you have certain statistical categories or ratings systems  that you use now as a football fan?

Rice: Well, I read a lot of them. The criteria that’s already  been talked about — particularly strength of schedule and head-to-head  [results] — are very important. Since you don’t have a single league where  everyone plays off against each other, like in professional leagues, I think  it’s important to find surrogates for that, and strength of schedule among  conferences will be a very important element. I have some ideas about it, but I  really want to get in the room with the other members of the committee and have  a very deep discussion about what kinds of data we want to look at it.

In today’s article, Scarbinsky selected the phrase, “a single league”, which clearly referred to the National Football League and interpreted it to mean a specific conference within the NCAA.

Armed only with his twisted interpretation, Scarbinsky proceeded to take his best shot at Dr. Rice:

“Wait. What?

The Big 12 has 10 members and plays nine conference games. That means everyone in that league does play everyone else.

You would expect an official college football expert to know that.”

Scarbinsky began his article with:

“You would expect Condoleezza Rice to be ready for her close-up.

You would expect the former secretary of state, on the day her inclusion as a member of the first College Football Playoff selection committee was made official, to be a veritable fountain of names, places, dates and facts.

After all, she’s now been labeled as an official college football expert.”

Really? My comment:

You would expect Kevin Scarbinsky to be ready for his close-up.

You would expect the former member of sports reporters show, on the day of Dr. Rice’s inclusion as a member of the first College Football Playoff selection committee was made official, to be a veritable fountain of names, places, dates and facts.

After all, he’s now been labeled as an official college football columnist.

Thankfully, not everyone subscribes to this “caveman thinking” as humorously described by Yahoo Sports Writer Pat Forde.

Joseph Goodman of The Miami Herald wrote:

“Condoleezza Rice is absolutely right for NCAA football playoff committee.  College football shouldn’t stop at naming Condoleezza Rice… She should be the new president of the NCAA.”

Perhaps, the tag line of radio comedian, Earl Pitts, says it best: “Wake Up America!”
Oct 172013
 

Paul Finebaum Hr. 1: 10/17/13

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Paul Finebaum and Jeff Long (Chairman of College Football Playoff Committee, AD University of Arkansas) discuss the new CFB Committee and Andre Ware talks Florida/Missouri.

Paul Finebaum Hr. 2: 10/17/13

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Paul Finebaum and Rachel Bachman discuss Johnny Manziel’s superb sophomore season and Danny Ford (Former coach at Clemson and Arkansas) delves into Clemson’s resurgence.

Paul Finebaum Hr. 3: 10/17/13

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Paul Finebaum Hr. 4: 10/17/13

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Paul Finebaum chats with USA Today’s George Schroeder about the College Football Playoff selection committee reaction.

Oct 162013
 

By Finebaum Fan.

Speculation that Dr. Condoleezza Rice would serve as a member of the CFB Playoff selection committee has fueled many recent conversations across the country.

Some of the most publicized and controversial comments came from former Auburn University head football coach Pat Dye:

“All she knows about football is what somebody told her, 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?”

Colin Cowherd, filling for host Keith Olbermann, appeared tonight with Dr. Rice on “Olbermann” which aired on ESPN2.

The two were discussing today’s official announcement that Rice would indeed serve on the 13-member CFP committee.

Dr. Rice was asked by Cowherd:

“If Pat Dye were sitting right here, Condi, what would you say to him?”

Here is her response:

From YouTube.com By Keith Olbermann.

Oct 162013
 

Paul Finebaum Hr. 1: 10/16/13

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Paul Finebaum and TexAgs.com Billy Liucci discuss Johnny Manziel’s injury and preview Auburn-Texas A&M.

Paul Finebaum Hr. 2: 10/16/13

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Paul Finebaum chats with Clemson coach, Dabo Swinney, about the upcoming Clemson v. Florida State matchup and other games from Week 8 in the CFB season.

Paul Finebaum Hr. 3: 10/16/13

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Paul Finebaum discusses Week 8 of the College Football season and takes questions from callers.

Paul Finebaum Hr. 4: 10/16/13

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Paul Finebaum previews Florida State-Clemson with ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit and makes picks for this week’s games with ESPN’s Chris Fallica.

Oct 152013
 

Paul Finebaum Hr. 1: 10/15/13

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Paul Finebaum previews Florida State-Clemson with ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich.

Paul Finebaum Hr. 2: 10/15/13

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Paul Finebaum chats with Trevor Matich (ESPN CFB analyst) and Travis Hanley (ESPN CFB Insider) about Week 8 of the college football season.

Paul Finebaum: Hr. 3: 10/15/13

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Paul Finebaum discusses the upcoming game between Florida State and Clemson and takes questions from callers.

Paul Finebaum Hr. 4: 10/15/13

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Paul Finebaum and CBS Sports’ Gary Danielson preview Auburn-Texas A&M.

Oct 152013
 
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Oct 142013
 

Paul Finebaum Hr. 1: 10/14/13   Download

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Paul Finebaum and ESPN’s Brad Edwards talk about Edwards’ projected top 10 of the BCS standings.

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Paul Finebaum and Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch discuss Missouri’s win over Georgia and the status of James Franklin.

Paul Finebaum Hr. 3: 10/14/13

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Paul Finebaum chats with ESPN’s Ted Miller about Oregon’s win over Washington and Utah’s upset of Stanford.

Paul Finebaum Hr. 4: 10/14/13

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Paul Finebaum and Tuscaloosa News’ Cecil Hurt talk about the status of Alabama.

Oct 142013
 
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Oct 132013
 

From TheState.com By Josh Kendall.

South Carolina AD Ray Tanner

South Carolina AD Ray Tanner

South Carolina (Athletic Director) Ray Tanner is miffed, and the SEC Network has its first headache 10 months before it goes on air.

Tanner believes ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum crossed the line this week by referring to Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney as “the biggest joke in college football” after Clowney sat out last week against Kentucky due to a rib injury.

“It was really a hateful comment,” Tanner told The State at halftime of Saturday’s win over Arkansas. “It was inappropriate. It was unprofessional, and it was unnecessary. I don’t know how you make any kind of comment about a student-athlete along those lines.”

Finebaum, a longtime SEC commentator who recently was hired by ESPN, will be a major part of the SEC Network’s programming when the network debuts in August, 2014. At the moment, that thought is not appealing to Tanner.

“My understanding is he will be a part of the network going forward, and there are 13 other ADs in the SEC, and I am not so sure they feel much differently than I feel about the situation,” Tanner said. “Analyze, investigate, speculate. I understand that from the media, but to call out a student-athlete in the fashion he did is inappropriate.”

Tanner will communicate his frustration with SEC commissioner Mike Slive, he said. ESPN owns and operates the SEC Network.

“I will absolutely tell them how I feel, and I think they probably know at this point,” Tanner said, adding, “His comments were not  on the SEC Network. That network doesn’t exist yet.”

Of Finebaum, Tanner said, “I know he doesn’t care what I have to say, and I don’t really care what he has to say.”

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Tanner first raised his concerns on the team’s pregame radio broadcast.

“Coach (Steve) Spurrier made his comments. Jadeveon visited with the press this week. Coach Spurrier visited with the press. It was all well documented, and then we have Paul Finebaum who says he is the biggest joke in college football?” Tanner said. “To me, that wasn’t merited. I felt compelled to defend our student-athlete.”

Oct 112013
 

Paul Finebaum: 10/11 – Hr. 1

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