The final USA/Coaches Poll votes will not be made public!


American Football Coaches Association announced Wednesday that the final vote by individual coaches for the USA/Coaches Poll will not be made public. The ONLY vote of coaches that is made public is the final poll. The other polls really don’t care to anyone anyway.

AFCA executive director Grant Teaff said the change will contribute to “making our poll the best poll it can possibly be.” The USA/Coaches poll helps decide which 2 teams play for the BcS Championship will not be released. According to a study done for the organization by Gallop, the votes for the final poll should be kept private to help promote accuracy in the result. WHAT?

I thought that the secret ballot was the very seed of evil. That’s why the President and Congress are so intent on making workers vote for or against unionization in public including union “organizers” with the so called Employee Free Choice Act.

Seriously, the coaches want cover from the criticism that has resulted from their previous votes. Several SEC coaches at their league meeting have already spoken out against the change. That list includes Steve Spurrier (South Carolina) and Mark Rick (Georgia). This change will take effect in the 2010 season unless the decision is reversed.

This is just another step further away from anything that has a sliver of legitimacy of a true national championship. It is pure arrogance because the coaches don’t want to be criticized for their vote. Even worse, it makes a system that is devoid of benefit to the fans who are the customers of college sports even more worthless. Even if there was not collusion between voters to fix the game, this move indicates that they are looking to do that in upcoming years.

The fact is that the ONLY way fans are ever going to get a true playoff in division 1 football is for the big contributors to colleges around the country to cut off their donations until the pinhead president of the school stops voting against a playoff and becomes a supporter. The only thing that college presidents understand is money. Money is the only thing that will get them to change their minds.

I personally stopped tradition of call ins to the Ohio State president during the half time of OSU football games. After Pres. Gee had decried the lack of money from the taxpayer via the Ohio Legislature, I asked him why he didn’t help erase the deficit by cutting his salary in half. He refused to answer the question. The radio station that carried the OSU games never had a call in segment to him at half time again.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits He has also published several novels on and edits .

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