The Oregon Ducks are in the top five in the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. They seem primed for a run for the roses and a push for the national championship. Their second appearance in three seasons, it should be noted.
Even with all the love coming from the polls, Chip Kelly is not buying into what they're selling, especially the Coaches Poll. From Adam Jude of The Oregonian:
If I'm going to do something, I'm doing to do it right. And I don't know who's good in any other conference. I know who's good that we play; I can do that. But there's 120 teams out there, and if you're going to judge 'em, you gotta look at 'em, and I've always said that. When people turn their votes in, they should put next to their name which game they watch them play. But no one can do it. ...
That's why polls are meaningless to us and we've never talked about 'em. We don't worry about rankings because it's just a beauty contest in some people's minds. ... We're not going to go throw a party in the Pittman Room (in the UO athletic department) because we were ranked fifth early. It means nothing.
Chip Kelly is a hero of sorts, in our eyes. A man who not only sees the Coaches Poll for the joke that it is, but a man who also tells them "no" when he's presented the opportunity to participate in the exercise in inaccuracy (via The Oregonian)!
Kelly said he has been asked twice to participate in the USA Today coaches' poll — including earlier this year — and he has turned down the invitation both times.
Kelly is saying no to Grant Teaff, USA Today and the AFCA based upon the same principle every coach should say no: He can't watch all of the games and he knows it.
There is no crime in admitting that you just simply cannot do it. There is no harm in saying no thank you. Yet coaches all over the country act as if voting is an honor being bestowed upon them. It is more like a yoke being affixed to their neck, or, more accurately, their SID's neck.
We said earlier that more coaches should be like Lane Kiffin in relinquishing their vote in this ridiculous poll. No, everyone should be like Chip Kelly. Say no. From the start. Don't even allow it to get as far it got for Kiffin. Friends shouldn't let friends participate in the sham that is the Coaches Poll.