Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has a vote in the USA Today Coaches poll for the first time since 2005, his first season as the Cowboys’ head coach.
Coaches are drawn at random to vote in the poll each year, a process detailed in this story I wrote in 2011 when the human polls were a major reason why OSU was kept out of the national championship game. Each conference is represented by half of its coaches.
Another interesting nugget: Three former Gundy coordinators — West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen, North Carolina’s Larry Fedora and Illinois’ Tim Beckman — also have a vote. So does former coach and current LSU head man Les Miles. So there’s a lot of OSU flavor in this year’s poll.
The other Big 12 coaches voting in the poll are Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops, Baylor’s Art Briles, Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury and Holgorsen. Tulsa’s Bill Blankenship also has a vote.
You can view all the coaches voting at the bottom of the poll on USA Today’s website. Their final rankings will be revealed at the end of the regular season.