Several prominent female sports journalists have responded to David Pollack’s comments that women should not have a role on the college football playoff selection committee.
The comments by Pollack -- a commentator on ESPN's “College GameDay” -- provoked a strong reaction from women who regularly cover college and pro football, including Fox Sports One broadcaster Erin Andrews, ESPN College GameDay’s Sam Ponder and longtime football journalist Bonnie Bernstein.
Near the end of her appearance on “FOX College Saturday” this past weekend, Andrews had a sarcastic response to Pollack’s comments. “I’m a female, thanks for having me in college football,” Andrews said.
Ponder, who works alongside Pollack on "College GameDay," had a similarly harsh reaction on Twitter: “Verbally destroying [Pollack] on the bus for his comments about Condi. Next, he makes me a sandwich.”
However, Ponder also offered something of a defense of her colleague. "For those asking, I'm glad [Pollack] gave his honest opinion. I respect his right to be wrong," she added.
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Bernstein, a former ESPN employee, voiced her desire to meet with Pollack and directly discuss his comments. “Hearing you don’t think women should be on CFB Playoff Selection Comm bc they didn’t play [sic]. You & I should chat…,” she wrote to Pollack on Twitter.
Pollack said on Saturday that he didn’t believe women should be allowed to sit on the committee that selects the schools that will compete in this season’s college football playoffs. The former college football star made his comments in reference to the news that former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will likely be elected to this year’s committee.
“Now I’m going to stick my foot in my mouth, probably,” Pollack said. “I want people on this committee, guys, that can watch tape ... Yes, that have played football, that are around football, that can tell you different teams, on tape, not on paper ... ”
When asked by College GameDay co-host Chris Fowler if their lack of football-playing experience meant that women shouldn’t be allowed to participate on the committee, Pollack stated his beliefs in more overt terms. “You said that … I’ll say it, yeah. Yeah,” Pollack told Fowler.
Pollack eventually took to Twitter to elaborate on his viewpoint. “I want people on the committee that eat, sleep, & breath college football during the season,” he wrote. “It has nothing to do with male or female.”