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Football: Larry Scott calls coaches poll `fallacy’

By Jeff Faraudo
Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 at 10:20 pm in Football, Pac-12 news, Rankings.

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott defended USC coach Lane Kiffin’s decision to drop his vote in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

“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.

“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.”

Elsewhere . . .

– New UCLA coach Jim Mora Jr., unhappy with his team, kicked his players out of practice Wednesday.

– USC freshman defensive end DeVante Wilson has torn the ACL of his left knee, will undergo surgery and is out for the season.

 

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  • MoreNCsarecoming

    So Kiffen is the HC. Aren’t HC’s supposed to support their team. Unless your team is mediocre which in that case you must be the HC of UCB and choose not to vote.

  • Yoda

    The one defensible thing Kiffin has ever done and you’re against it Amy? Have daddy explain it to you. You’re supposed to support everything USC does, remember? Everything. As for Cal, well, your application was denied and that will never change. Deal with it.

  • MikeD

    Nice job by JMJr , the college football equiv of flipping the post game buffet table. Clearly the effort in fUcla isn’t up to par

  • Eric

    I’m glad Scott is calling out what everyone has long known – the coaches poll has always been a joke, and the fact that it has been a determinant in the BCS selection process taints every national champion in that era. At least the AP poll did the honorable thing after the Mack Brown whore-fest in 2004.

  • BlueNGold

    Polls are polls. Its another form of a popularity contest. I would not be surprised if most sportswriters who vote in the AP poll do not spend a lot of time researching all the games before voting, either. They probably look at the scores and the basic stats, maybe some individual stats. That is why the poll results have been such an unsatisfactory basis for team rankings and playoff berths over the years.

  • CalBearister

    Kudos to Larry Scott. Who can forget watching Tom Hansen’s pitiful interviews in 2004 after we got hosed out of the BCS? No defense of the conference; just blather. Good for him for calling out the polls as nothing but BcS.

  • GoldenBear 77

    Two issues here — yes the polls are a joke (popularity contest where you vote, sorry, your proxy votes, your conference first, and then for a bunch of teams you have never seen play), but that still does not excuse lying about how you did vote (especially when you don’t have to disclose it in the first place). Then when you are called for it, you try to distract attention from your misdeed by blaming the polls. It may work for some, but I am not buying it.

  • MikeD

    @yoda

    greasemonkey script, stat. leave the troll alone or face the wrath of the other users here. last warning

  • rollonubears

    is there any way to get a script for safari? i used to love firefox, but i’ve given it a few chances since it started crashing on me all the time, and it continues to. plus, i can’t watch my slingbox with it.

  • milo

    Translation: Lame Kitten is too lazy to vote.

    Mora Jr., what an idiot.

  • MikeD

    @rollon I’ll have a look into that and post an update on the script homepage to bring you up to date on a solution

  • MikeD

    @rollon – check the script homepage http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/58785

    I added notes on the main screen on how to install SIMBL and GreaseKit, looks pretty simple, let me know how it goes

    Go Bears!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Yoda Says:
    August 16th, 2012 at 8:03 am
    The one defensible thing Kiffin has ever done and you’re against it Amy? Have daddy explain it to you. You’re supposed to support everything USC does, remember? Everything. As for Cal, well, your application was denied and that will never change. Deal with it.

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    So much about so little just like UCB’s claim to be the no 1 public university. What a farce!

    Ratings have nothing to do with undergraduate schools. Ratings are about graduate schools. 98% of the undergrads at UCB never matriculate into graduate programs at UCB. So big deal about the rating. It is meaningless unless you advance into graduate programs and even then you don’t really meet with a top notch professor until you get into your 1st year of PhD work.