Coaches, ballots should not mix
Conflict of interest and lack of objectivity are just a couple of reasons.
I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction:
1. Reason No. 436 why football coaches should not be allowed to vote in any process that helps determine which teams play in more prestigious, better-paying bowls, not to mention incentive bonuses in their own contracts. Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops voted his team sixth and its prime competitor for a BCS bowl berth, Northern Illinois, 24th. Stoops stood to make an extra $38,500 for reaching a BCS bowl, which gives off the appearance of, uh, a slight conflict of interest and lack of objectivity. Steve Spurrier was honest, if not ethical, when he said he’d have voted differently had the coaches’ votes not been made public. Who’da thunk it?
2. Texas’ blowout loss to Kansas State was a microcosm of the entire season: terriflc play followed by terrible play, brilliant play-calling followed by bizarre play-calling, quarterback poise vs. quarterback penchant for turnovers. Basically, a head-scratcher of a season. Best win: flve-point road victory over an explosive Oklahoma State shrouded in controversy over a late touchdown. Worst loss: really? You have to ask? Almost beat a then-top flve West Virginia. Almost lost to a 1-11 Kansas team. Can you say streaky? Win four, lose two, win four, lose two. The Longhorns look nothing like a preseason Top 10 team for 2013. Wouldn’t shock me if neither Texas
Oklahoma running back Damien Williams, scoring against TCU in the Sooners’ 24-17 win on Saturday, will get a chance to go against Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 4.