Condoleezza Rice knows a lot about the Politburo. The Tampa Two defense, probably not so much.
Steve Wieberg doesn't weigh an ounce over 150 pounds, which might have gotten him on the football team in Martinsburg, Mo., 40 years ago but no further.
Tom Jernstedt rose to fame by riding herd on basketball talk.
And I think that's just swell. Applaud them all being on the most important committee in sports this side of the Olympic gymnastics judges.
The College Football Playoff committee will be announced Wednesday, and while there are plenty of old war horses of the gridiron, there also are critical thinkers. Which every jury needs.
The idea that Condoleezza Rice can't break down film? That Steve Wieberg never played the game? That Tom Jernstedt is more hardwood than Hard Knocks?
Doesn't matter. This committee, which will decide the combatants in the Football Four, is not charged with unraveling mysteries.
It's not a why question. It's a what question. What did teams do? Who did they play, where did they play them and how did they do?
Anyone on the committee who starts talking about the quality of defensive tackles, or the arm strength of a quarterback, should be ushered from the room. It's not a beauty contest. It's an outcomes-based decision.
That's why I want Condoleezza Rice making decisions I care about. She was the Soviet expert on the National Security Council. I think she can adequately discern the resumes of Ohio State and Notre Dame.
That's why I want Steve Wieberg involved. Thirty years he wrote college sports for USA Today and was honorable every step of the way.
That's why I want Tom Jernstedt along for the ride. He ran the NCAA basketball tournament as it went from a county fair of 25 teams to the 64-team monster that consumes America every March. He's kept the basketball committee in line while it makes career-changing decisions.
I like brains, honor and experience. And this committee has it.
It's got football guys, too. Old coaches, like Tom Osborne and Barry Alvarez and Tyrone Willingham. Iconic players, like Pat Haden and Archie Manning and Oliver Luck. Sharp administrators like Jeff Long and Mike Tranghese and Michael Gould, who is nothing more than a retired general who once ran the Air Force Academy.
Bill Hancock, hired to run college football's new playoff format, promised us a solid committee and delivered in spades.
Even gave us geographic balance. Sitting athletic directors from each of the five major conferences. And while you can argue the presence of people like Osborne and Manning tip the scales to the Big Ten and the SEC, is anyone ready to step forward and declare that Archie and Dr. Tom aren't two of the most stand-up guys the sport has ever produced?
It's a great mix. If Alvarez or Willingham start talking too much shop, Rice and Wieberg can remind them, maybe Oregon is faster than Stanford, but Stanford beat the Ducks straight up.
This is the best way to select the field, if a field must be selected. The best way is to win your way into the tournament. Put in the conference champs and let's play ball.
But that's for later. For now, with a four-team bracket, five major conferences and assorted others knocking on the door, a smallish committee is the way to go. Go bigger, and you've got the absurdity of the Harris Poll. Go tradition, and you've got the mess of every poll and the bewilderment of the computers. The bigger the electorate, the more squishy the decision. Just look at presidential primaries.
The committee is the best plan, and we've been given a good committee. The Football Four is off to a great start.
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