There are 13 people on the committee (CFP) that selects the four teams that compete for the National Championship in the College Football Playoffs. It’s a fraught process — because there are always deserving teams on the bubble. And every committee member brings their own loyalties and bias to the process, which they do their best to hold in check. But perhaps no member is more closely associated with a school than former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice is with playoff hopeful Stanford. She is the former Stanford Provost.
Rice isn’t a passive Cardinal fan either. She gets in the weeds on Stanford football, right down to strategy. Stanford coach David Shaw told ESPN recently that he has has “heard the warning from Rice more than once” about not playing a prevent defense. If Stanford plays one, she’s “going to be in my office,” Shaw says. Sounds like a tight relationship. Will Rice have to recuse herself from the vote if Stanford is still in the running late in the year? In order to remove a perception of bias? Should be interesting.