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Berry Tramel: Steve Spurrier has no backbone; coaches’ poll no credibility

by Berry Tramel Published: July 25, 2009
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/articleid/3387913/1/pictures/621628">Photo - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier admitted he didn’t vote on the preseason All-SEC team.  (AP Photo)
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier admitted he didn’t vote on the preseason All-SEC team. (AP Photo)
As bad as their rankings were, they beat the goofy Harris voters.

Truth is, while everyone picks on the BCS as a whole, the chief problem with the system is the BCS process. When coaches aren’t the lowest common denominator, you’ve got a train wreck.

And when coaches hide behind secrecy, the BCS loses all validity. Congress, at least, stands behind its individual votes. When you’ve sunk below Capitol Hill, you’ve fallen far.

Spurrier’s bailout on the totally meaningless question of preseason SEC quarterback shows what happens in December. Coaches don’t pay attention to their poll vote or even treasure it, and coaches don’t want to stand behind it.

Some have argued that making the ballots secret allows coaches to vote their conscience and not their politics. Spurrier’s waffle shows otherwise.

Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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