GTP old timers can recall why I started the Mumme Poll here.
The inspiration for the Mumme Poll came from the final 2007 regular season Coaches Poll and Tony Barnhart’s post breaking down some of the more curious ballots cast. (You can read that post here.) The poll is named in honor of perhaps the most questionable vote of that Coaches Poll – Hal Mumme’s ballot listing Hawaii as the number one team in the country.
The Coaches Poll voting was rife with bias and conflicts of interest. The best thing the CFP accomplished was putting the coaches vote out to pasture.
That doesn’t mean there’s no longer a problem with bias and conflicts of interest. It’s just morphed into something equally dumb.
Ten of the 13 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee are recused from voting on certain schools this season, according to a release Thursday from the CFP.
The recusal policy remains the same as it has in the past five years, stating, “A recused member is permitted to answer only factual questions about the institution from which the member is recused but shall not be present during any deliberations regarding that team’s selection or seeding.”
When more than three-quarters of your voters have to excuse themselves from voting, that’s a pretty good sign you’re not doing it right.
Maybe I need to bring the Mumme Poll back.