Good thing I type for a living, because I'm stunned speechless. I just found out why college football is plagued by a preseason coaches poll, a poll that sets the tone for the entire season and is probably going to lead -- four months later -- to Boise State riding its Holiday Bowl resume into the national championship game.If you'll excuse me, I'm going to go break something expensive.
What did I find out? I found out that it's the media's fault.
More to the point, it's USA Today's fault.
The coaches wanted to eliminate the preseason poll last year. USA Today, which operates the poll, talked them out of it.
This is not a guess. This is a fact. I just hung up with USA Today deputy managing editor Jim Welch, who relayed that story to me. Last year the American Football Coaches Association commissioned the Gallup World Poll to study its poll and to make recommendations for improving it. One of those recommendations, Welch said, was to do away with the preseason poll -- and to not release its first poll until a month into the season.
"The coaches seemed to agree with that," Welch said.
So why didn't it happen?
"We don't view that as a good idea," Welch said.