Coaches, bal­lots should not mix

Con­flict of in­ter­est and lack of ob­jec­tiv­ity are just a cou­ple of rea­sons.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - Bohls

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.

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