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Playoff era won’t do away with coaches’ poll

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Citing a desire to try to influence the College Football Playoff selection committee, the coaches’ poll won’t go away despite losing its power with the end of the BCS.

Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville explained the line of reasoning to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd:

“We’re not going to be able to sway them,” Tuberville said, “but we might mentally be able to [say] ‘Hey, here’s what the coaches think: Michigan ought to be three and Ohio State ought to be five.”

Whether the selection committee would listen to a bunch of preoccupied coaches, though, is another story.

The coaches’ poll generally is the laziest of all polls — maybe because its voters are, you know, extremely busy on Saturdays — but it does have a history that dates back to the 1950s, for what it’s worth. After its members voluntarily removed it from the BCS formula, the AP poll continued and still holds some sway, too.

But with the poll not really having any power, perhaps more coaches will feel such strong ennui they won’t approach it with much rigor, or entirely pass their vote off to someone else within the program.

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5 Responses to “Playoff era won’t do away with coaches’ poll”
  1. Professor Fate says: Jan 13, 2014 1:44 PM

    “But with the poll not really having any power, perhaps more coaches will feel such strong ennui they won’t approach it with much rigor, or entirely pass their vote off to someone else within the program.”

    Just a WAG (wild-ass guess) but it’s likely one of the reasons the coach’s poll was dropped from the equation is that so many coaches (being rather busy, you know, coaching) have already passed off this responsibility to an underling.

    I have history that dates back to the 1950s, too, but for some strange reason my customers expect competent work for their money and don’t really give a crap that I’ve been around for 50+ years.

    If the coach’s poll hadn’t willfully relinquished their integrity a long time ago (anonymous poll anyone?) they might still be considered relevant.

  2. pw1265 says: Jan 13, 2014 2:57 PM

    just go to 16 team playoff, anything less is truly a joke…..just like the supposed “national champion”

    It sure cant be a national champion if humans and computers pick the winner….pathetic

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 13, 2014 5:02 PM

    Doesn’t NCAA basketball still have a Coach’s poll? Why wouldn’t football?

    Their tourney is decided by a committee as well…

    Of course the NCAA actually awards that trophy…

  4. manik56 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:44 PM

    The National Champion is the team ranked #1 in the Final Poll. It will probably be the tournament champion, but maybe not. Miami won a NC in ’83 and weren’t ranked in the top 4 entering the Bowls. The polls still serve a very important purpose.

  5. texizz says: Jan 14, 2014 11:50 PM

    A Poll is an opinion! A Scoreboard is a Declaration of Truth!

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