The AFCA has announced they will no longer make public the final ballots for the USA Today Coaches Poll beginning in 2010.
AFCA executive director Grant Teaff said the change is part of the process of "making our poll the best poll it can possibly be. "The adjustments were made based on the results of a three-month independent study by Gallup World Poll of the voter selection process and voting procedures. Gallup recommended the change because confidentiality leads to a better poll," according to Teaff. "Why do you have booths for people to vote in?" he said.
"Why do you have booths for people to vote in?" The last time I checked college football coaches didn't vote in booths and the people who were voting in booths were voting for something far more important than the ranking of college football teams. The people voting in booths were doing so because the privacy of their vote may be imperative to their ability to survive and prosper in a free society or even to maintain that very society.
Coaches,just like the rest of us, are human and as such are driven by a desire to forward their own agendas. A desire that for most far out weighs their ability to remain fair, balanced, and impartial.
This change by the AFCA will only serve to perpetuate the kind of smoke-filled back room scenarios many fans have come to imagine by removing the last shred of transparency from the system
If college coaches do not wish to have their votes made public for fear of ridicule or exposure of their inability to remain unbiased when faced with the simple task of ranking the teams as they should be ranked then they don't deserve a vote much less a secret one.
The only logical solution is to do away with the Coaches Poll all together. Any coach that's competent enough to have a vote should be too busy to do so.