The following is a postgame analysis piece of the 103rd Big Game between Stanford and Berkeley, originally published in The Stanford Daily on Monday, Nov. 20, 2000. Stanford beat Cal 36-30 in the first Big Game to go to overtime, extending Stanford’s winning streak over Cal to six games.
Say what you want about Condoleezza Rice’s qualifications as a football expert, or the logistics of the College Football Playoff system that will begin in 2014. I’ve got a feeling that Rice and the rest of the committee announced Wednesday aren’t just going to improve the college football postseason.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a Stanford Graduate School of Business professor and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, was officially named a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee on Wednesday. She later defended her spot in the 13-person group—comprised otherwise of former coaches, football administrators and sports journalists—In a Wednesday afternoon teleconference.
Stanford is now the only BCS-conference school to have a black head coach in both football and men’s basketball, the two most prominent sports in collegiate athletics. To be completely honest, I find it surprising that this fact hasn’t been more widely publicized, as it points toward Stanford’s progressive outlook and the hurdles that minorities continue to face in the coaching ranks.