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Backers defend Condoleezza Rice, the only woman on college football playoff panel

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Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

By Kari Osep

PHOENIX – Critics have questioned the football qualifications of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the only woman on the College Football Playoff committee in this inaugural year. But those who know Rice say that while she never played the game, she “knows more about football than nine out of 10 men you will ever come across.” Supporters say she should be allowed to be judged on her actions, and not prejudged on her gender. The committee ranks teams throughout the season, and will choose the four teams that will compete for the first-ever national football championship playoffs.