Suddenly, it dawns on Larry Scott.

Five years of public Coaches Poll ballots and the Pac-12 commissioner finally admits to what even Tony Barnhart was willing to say at the time – what a stupid way to run a railroad.

“I think it’s an unfair position to put the coaches in, to supposedly vote objectively when they’ve got a very natural conflict of interest, No. 1, and, No. 2, I think most coaches are focused on their own games — let alone breaking down tape afterwards and all that,” Scott said in an interview with 710-ESPN’s Mason and Ireland Show on Wednesday. “So to expect that coaches could have a good, balanced, well-researched perspective on who the best teams are in any given week is a fallacy.”

Well, duh.

Now, while I think his defense of Kiffin is weak – Junior bagged his role as a voter because he got his shameless ass called out by USA Today, not out of some sense of principle – I’m not arguing with Scott’s conclusion:  “I don’t think any coaches should be in that position, and they won’t be, starting in 2014.”

Of course, that’s not to say that the selection committee won’t be plagued with similar complaints about objectivity, but it’s hard to say it could do any worse.  I can’t help but wonder, though, what the Larry Scotts of the world would have to say about the Coaches Poll today if there weren’t a new postseason format in place yet.


Filed under The Coaches Poll Is Stupid.

3 responses to “Suddenly, it dawns on Larry Scott.

  1. Bulldawg165

    The coaches poll is a complete joke. Saying coaches have a conflict of interest is a complete understatement. I always wondered why the coach of a #3 team that is borderline #2 (such as 2011 Oklahoma State) doesn’t just say “the hell with fairness!” and put his team at #1 and leave the #2 team off the ballot completely. Sure they would get called out after the fact, but who cares when it gives you a chance to play for the crystal ball that you otherwise wouldn’t have had?


  2. gastr1

    Kinda wondering when we’re going to get the lengthy Bob Ley expose citing Al Davis’s assertion that Lane Kiffin is, in fact, a liar.