Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coaches Should Follow AP Poll's Lead

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Coaches Should Follow AP Poll's Lead

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Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer

Now that the Associated Press college football poll has disassociated itself from the Bowl Championship Series formula, it's time the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll followed suit.

Other than stubbornness, what's the point of the coaches remaining part of a process to determine the mythical champion of their own sport that is a clear conflict of interest?

Forget the appearance that AP succumbed to pressure over the mounting controversy of a flawed system. The coaches, who are too scared to reveal their votes anyway, should abstain from the BCS formula because the system is exclusionary and of questionable integrity. Texas coach Mack Brown, who lobbied hard to get his team into a BCS bowl, received a $50,000 bonus when the Longhorns leapfrogged California for the last at-large BCS berth.

The BCS will remain intact through at least January 2010, with or without any poll. But it's clear this system needs as much upheaval as possible. It's the only way to push college presidents toward a solution that works for everybody.

The coaches can do their part by bowing out of a process in which they have no business participating. No matter what the BCS does to replace the AP poll component, there will never be a fair resolution to the college football season until a minimum four-team playoff is instituted.

Until then, let the BCS keep leaking oil. Maybe if enough spillage occurs, this system will finally get the major overhaul necessary for all schools to get a fair shot at No. 1. . . .

Based on Jack Del Rio's cryptic non-denials, it sure sounds like LSU made an attempt last week to gauge the Jaguar head coach's interest in the school's potential vacancy in case Nick Saban left for the Miami Dolphins. It's unlikely Del Rio spoke to anybody from LSU, but a source in the coaching industry told the Times-Union it's a certainty that LSU put out a feeler about Del Rio. …

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