The coaches’ poll and credibility

Hey, I’m not the one saying this:

“I would like to see coaches not have a vote,” Texas coach Mack Brown said. “We would have a panel like the one that chooses the 65 teams in basketball.”

That’s what ails the BCS — credibility. Every coach participating in the American Football Coaches Association poll has a vested interest. The Harris poll has some credible voters but not enough. As Brown said, “For someone to say, ‘Mack, can you honestly vote without saying how it affects your team?’ That’s a hard thing to do.”

Mack, buddy, at Get The Picture, we’re here to help.


UPDATE: Pac-10 commish Tom Hanson has some timely, albeit less than complementary things to say about the coaches’ poll.

… California lost only one game in 2004: a 23-17 nail-biter to USC. But Texas coach Mack Brown launched a public campaign to convince poll voters to promote his sixth-ranked Longhorns, whose only loss came to No. 2 Oklahoma, ahead of the No. 4 Bears. It worked. Cal, which hadn’t played in a Rose Bowl since 1959, ended up sucking lemons in the Holiday Bowl while the Rose Bowl was forced to select Texas, due to BCS rules.

“The one that was particularly bitter was Cal, because Cal was the apparent victim of what I would term to this day unethical voting in the coaches’ poll,” Hansen said.


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3 responses to “The coaches’ poll and credibility

  1. Pingback: » Mack Brown Wants the Coaches Poll Out of the BCS

  2. Sam

    Not a huge mack Brown fan, but he is dead on regarding this situation. There is no way coaches aare qualified to make these judgements. How many games do they watch each week? How many highlight shows? How much follow-up on the internet viewing stats, or reading colunist’s articles? While I think CMR makes an effort to make an informed vote each week, there is no way he has this as a top priority, nor should he. I agree with Brown, name a panel of qualified individuals (including ex-coaches) to make the heaviest weighted poll. It is obvious coaches and media folks have agendas, and it isn’t right for the individuals playing the game to have political shenanigans determine their rating.


  3. I think Brown’s hand wringing on this subject is somewhat hypocritical, given his lobbying a few years ago to have the coaches jump his team over Cal in their final regular season ballot in order for Texas to slide into the last BCS slot.

    Not to mention the fact that it worked… 😉