For once, it really IS the media’s fault.

I am absolutely flabbergasted by something Gregg Doyel reports (h/t Boys of Old Florida).

… I just found out why college football is plagued by a preseason coaches poll, a poll that sets the tone for the entire season and is probably going to lead — four months later — to Boise State riding its Holiday Bowl resume into the national championship game.

What did I find out? I found out that it’s the media’s fault.

More to the point, it’s USA Today’s fault.

The coaches wanted to eliminate the preseason poll last year. USA Today, which operates the poll, talked them out of it.

This is not a guess. This is a fact. I just hung up with USA Today deputy managing editor Jim Welch, who relayed that story to me. Last year the American Football Coaches Association commissioned the Gallup World Poll to study its poll and to make recommendations for improving it. One of those recommendations, Welch said, was to do away with the preseason poll — and to not release its first poll until a month into the season.

“The coaches seemed to agree with that,” Welch said.

So why didn’t it happen?

“We don’t view that as a good idea,” Welch said.

Holy Mother of Crap.  For what is probably the first time in the history of the Coaches Poll, they were actually going to do the right thing… and then bowed to a media agenda.  (Doyel notes that the AP feels the same way about its preseason poll.)

Here’s the thing that really rankles:  how many of these same assholes who “want to plan pages around it”, as the AP sports editor refers to the agenda, bitch and moan in their pages about how unfair the polls are in deciding who makes the BCS?

I guess as long as they’ve got something to write about, they’re happy.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, College Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

11 responses to “For once, it really IS the media’s fault.

  1. rbubp

    “I guess as long as they’ve got something to write about, they’re happy.”

    Secrets like that have been known to undo the Empire.
    Better be careful who sees it now that you’ve printed it. 🙂


  2. AthensHomerDawg

    Yep! Far too many liberal arts majors vs. science and engineering. This is what happens. But despite my entreaties concerning such …. my sons are at Georgia doing their thing!


  3. 69Dawg

    Wow the media trying to create controversy at the expense of the game. This is really a new concept (he says dripping with sarcasm).


  4. Ward Eagle

    Having spent quite a bit of time working in mass media/advertising, I have to remind my wife that the *sole* purpose of radio/tv/newspapers is to…

    Make Money by Selling Product

    Never forget that and you’ll never be surprised by what “media” do.


  5. shane#1

    Football is far from the worst media screw up. How about building up a public frenzy to go to war and then attacking the CIC because, well, people are getting killed! This has happened to every war time president except FDR. They wouldn’t dare!


  6. “I guess as long as they’ve got something to write about, they’re happy.”

    That right there is the media problem. The like all this chaos because it makes their jobs easier. They don’t have to investigate harder stories when they can just take GENERIC BCS/POLL ARTICLE, change a few words, sprinkle in some new facts, and get paid.


  7. Mayor of Dawgtown

    Whadaya mean “for once?”