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Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops fine with Condoleezza Rice's appointment to playoff committee

by Jason Kersey Published: October 16, 2013
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was named to the College Football Playoff selection committee. AP PHOTO
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was named to the College Football Playoff selection committee. AP PHOTO

NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said he’s an “equal opportunist,” and has no problem with Condoleezza Rice’s appointment to the new College Football Playoff selection committee.

“Hey, look, listen … she’s obviously a very experienced individual in all ways,” Stoops said of the former secretary of state. “I’m not going to sit here and oppose anybody.”

In the past, Stoops has criticized the idea of a playoff committee, saying that there’s no way to separate individuals from their allegiances and biases. Rice is currently a professor at Stanford.

Asked if he was still concerned about those allegiances, Stoops said no.

“I’m not going to be concerned about it because it doesn’t matter,” Stoops said. “I think you guys are all able to formulate your own opinions and express them yourself. In the end, I’ll go with whatever they say we’ve got to go with.”

Stoops reiterated, though, his belief that strength of schedule should play a large role in determining the four playoff teams.

“Obviously I’m in favor of that when you look at who we’ve played through the years, non-conference and when you look at our schedule moving forward,” Stoops said. “I’m hopeful that will be a strong component in rankings and the decisions.

“Two of the last three years we’ve been at Florida State and Notre Dame. Surely we hope that’s a factor otherwise there’s no reason to do that. Otherwise why put yourself at risk of having a hard game, on the road especially?”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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