November 29, 2006
Why I hate the coaches poll
Saw a link on Deadspin that gives me further ammo in my almighty crusade against coaches voting for anything in college football.
Seems Virginia Tech Head Coach Frank Beamer (right) expressed a bit too much Hokie love in his All-American Ballot - a full SIX Gobblers are four more than any rational human would ever suggest for this year's team. And Brandon Ore and Xavier Adibi are marginal at best.
The liberal among you might suggest that the homerism is OK, he should support his players. If so, then you would expect the rest of his picks to be sane and illustrating some due diligence, right?
Beamer submits for your approval John Talley of Duke at defensive back.
SOMEONE TAKE HIS KEYS AWAY AND NOT LET HIM DRIVE HOME!
But wait, the insanity is truly in the inconsistency - his vote for TE is Chris Hopkins of Toledo. This vote actually suggests some thought and analysis - perhaps he subscribes to Fantasy College Blitz, as we were promoting him as the top fantasy TE in the nation early in the season before the Rockets hit their funk. Hopkins is now third in receptions nationally.
All in all, I don't know WTF to think about Beamer's ballot except that its extreme-ACC bias and no votes for anyone west of the Mississippi River except for a couple Cal players.
Stop the coaches vote in all shapes and forms!