David Pollack, a Shiloh graduate, who went on to play football for the University of Georgia and the Cincinnati Bengals, joined ESPN in June 2009 as a college football analyst. He is seen on the set at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium last season. (Photo: Allen Kee/ESPN Images)
David Pollack himself foreshadowed the fallout from some sensitive comments regarding the makeup of the new college football playoff selection committee.
“But now I’m going to stick my foot in my mouth, probably,” said Pollack, a Shiloh grad and ESPN college football analyst on the popular Saturday morning pregame show, “College GameDay.”
Speaking during a roundtable discussion on the GameDay set, the topic was who would be on the committee and the conversation turned to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice being on it, which was reported by the Associated Press late last week.
“I want people on this committee, guys, that can watch tape, yes, that played football, that are around football, that can tell you different teams on tape, not on paper,” Pollack said on the show.
Host Chris Fowler then asked Pollack, “So no woman belongs on the committee, then?”
Pollack then shrugged, and said, “You said it, yeah.”
The panel reportedly will have between 12 and 18 members and include several current athletics directors, former players, college presidents and conference commissioners.
Shortly after Pollack’s comments, his ESPN colleague Samantha Ponder tweeted: “For those asking, I’m glad @davidpollack47 gave his honest opinion. I respect his right to be wrong. :)”
Erin Andrews of FOX Sports, a former ESPN sideline reporter, said, “I’m a female, thanks for having me in college football.”
Pollack’s comments were the topic of conversation on national sports radio shows and even made the rounds on some of the Sunday political TV shows.
Later Saturday, Pollack tweeted a clarification.
“I want people on the committee that eat, sleep & breathe college football during the season,” he wrote on Twitter. “It has nothing to do with male or female.”
Rice has never worked in college athletics, but is a noted fan of Stanford University athletics, and is a professor of political science at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She was the national security adviser and secretary of state during the during George W. Bush administration.
Pollack, a former star football player at Shiloh High and a three-time All-American at the University of Georgia, began his career in broadcasting in 2008, and was hired by ESPN in 2009. Pollack was a first-round draft pick (17th overall) by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2005, but a neck injury ended his football career.