In the wake of this week's announcement that Condoleezza Rice has been named to college football's selection committee, ESPN's College GameDay analyst David Pollack reacted by putting his foot in his mouth during Saturday morning's broadcast.
The 31-year-old analyst expressed his opinion that members of the committee should have football experience, essentially stating "no girls allowed!"
If you watch the video (longer version linked here), Pollack was clearly aware that he was about to say something controversial and probably should have just stopped himself. An awkward few seconds on camera would have undoubtedly been a better route.
The former Georgia linebacker quickly backtracked on Twitter, stating that his preferences regarding the committee have nothing to do with sex:
I want people on the committee that eat, sleep & breathe college football during the season. It has nothing to do with male or female— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) October 5, 2013
Bleacher Report NFL columnist Mike Freeman isn't buying it, though:
Pollack back peddling like Deion Sanders covering Jerry Rice.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) October 5, 2013
Surprisingly, one of the first notable responses on Twitter came from Pollack's coworker at ESPN, reporter Sam Ponder, who poked fun at Pollack and his embarrassing comments:
Verbally destroying @davidpollack47 on the bus for his comments about Condi. Next, he makes me a sandwich.— Sam Ponder (@samsteeleponder) October 5, 2013
For those asking, I'm glad @davidpollack47 gave his honest opinion. I respect his right to be wrong. :)— Sam Ponder (@samsteeleponder) October 5, 2013
Well-known American sports journalist Bonnie Bernstein also called out Pollack:
.@davidpollack47 Hearing you don't think women should be on CFB Playoff Selection Comm bc they didn't play. You & I should chat...— Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein) October 5, 2013
Those tuning into Fox Sports 1's college football preview show on Saturday saw former ESPN employee Erin Andrews reference Pollack's comments with the following on-air response to her co-hosts: “I’m a female, thanks for having me," according to CollegeSpun.com's Tyler Moorehead.
But the backlash didn't end there. A pair of Sports Illustrated writers, Richard Deitsch and Stewart Mandel, acknowledged their disappointment in Pollack, and Mandel even went as far to present a well-crafted counterpoint as it pertains to Rice's selection to the committee:
I expect better from David Pollack than jockocracy nonsense.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) October 5, 2013
Hey David Pollack. She made decisions on foreign policy, wars, diplomacy. How ever will her female brain decipher football tape?— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) October 5, 2013
Sir Broosk on Twitter sums up Pollack's flawed logic with a hilarious comparison:
According to David Pollack's logic, you shouldn't be allowed to judge BBQ competitions if you've never been a brisket.— sir broosk (@celebrityhottub) October 5, 2013
The bad news is that Pollack made a fool of himself on national television. But the good news is that it won't be long before another sports analyst stirs up some controversy, rendering his barbaric comments obsolete.