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Ex-Michigan coach Lloyd Carr is one of the 105 Harris voters

Ex-Michigan coach Lloyd Carr is one of the 105 Harris voters

Only in college football does an NFL general manager, a Heisman winner, a handful of retired sportswriters, disgraced athletic directors and United States Olympic Committee and PGA staffers have a voice in the postseason pairings.

With all the handwringing about the new College Football Playoff selection committee, fans may forget there’s one more year of the BCS picking the teams that will play for the national championship and eligible for major bowl games.

The first Harris Interactive top 25 was released Sunday, bringing the sport one step closer to the first BCS standings of the season. The voting results from the 105-member Harris panel have the same weight as the coaches’ poll or the average of the six computers, but few are familiar with the voters.

Part of the BCS since 2005 when the Associated Press pulled its rankings out of the formula, the Harris poll is comprised of 105 current and former media members and former college players, coaches and administrators. Originally, each of the then-11 FBS conference submitted a pool of potential voters to Harris Interactive, who then randomly selected 10 voters from each. The independents received three voters from their submitted candidates.

The number has fluctuated over the years, and with the disintegration of the WAC, the 2013 panel is the smallest at 105 voters. Since last season, 22 voters left the poll, replaced by 13 new voters for 2013.

Harris Interactive releases the names of each voter on the panel a week before the first top 25, and the organization will release all 105 final ballots after the BCS standings are released in December. However, Harris has never released any biographical information about panelists, their connection to college football or which conference “nominated” the voters in the first place.

We have collected and confirmed the biographical information here.

Among the new voters are two former athletic directors who lost their jobs under less than ideal circumstances. Keith Tribble resigned from UCF in 2011 amid an NCAA investigation into recruiting practices in the schools football and men’s basketball programs. He is under an NCAA show cause penalty.

Damon Evans resigned from Georgia after he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence. His situation worsened when it was revealed he was in the car with a woman who was not his wife and he attempted to use his position to garner favor with authorities. Evans now works with IMG College assisting schools with fundraising.

Also among the new voters is recently retired Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips. Phillips’ inclusion gives the Tigers a visible presence among the 105 ballots with former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden also voting in the poll.

Perhaps the most intriguing voter in the panel is not a new addition, but his new job description is worth a mention. John Dorsey was hired this season as the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs. Dorsey, a former player at Connecticut, joined the panel when he was the director of college scouting for the Green Bay Packers.

The breakdown of voters includes:

32 former players. This includes 1958 Heisman Trophy winner Pete Dawkins.

30 former administrators. Among them is former SEC commissioner Roy Kramer, who is considered one of the founders of the BCS.

28 current and former media members, not including the former players and coaches who entered broadcasting careers after retirement. Some of the media members include members of school’s official broadcasting teams, such as Rutgers’ Chris Carlin, Baylor’s J.J. Joe, Navy’s Pete Medhurst and Notre Dame’s Allen Pinkett.

11 former coaches. Notable former coaches include Tommy Bowden (Clemson), Rich Brooks (Oregon, Kentucky), Lloyd Carr (Michigan), Joe Novak (Northern Illinois) and Jackie Sherrill (Pittsburgh, Texas A&M and Mississippi State).

4 in the “other category.” This includes Bob Condron (a former director of media services for the United States Olympic Committee for 28 years), Tim Millis (the former executive director of the NFL Referees Association and former Big 12 supervisor of officials) and Jack White (a former player for Bear Bryant at Alabama who works with the PGA).

Here is every voter in the 2013 Harris poll and their desciption:

VoterDescription
*Denny AldridgeTexas player 1966-68
Bob AndersonArmy player 1956-60
James BatesFlorida player 1993-96, Fox Sports South broadcaster
Sammy BattenReporter, The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer
*Joe BiddleFormer columnist, The Nashville Tennessean
*Blaine BishopBall State player 1990-92, Radio host, WGFX in Nashville
Tommy BowdenTulane coach 1997-98, Clemson coach 1999-2008
Dave BraineGeorgia Tech AD 1997-2006, Virginia Tech AD 1988-97, Marshall AD 1985-87
Gil BrandtNFL.com analyst, Former Cowboys director of player personnel
Rich BrooksOregon coach 1977-94, Kentucky coach 2003-09
Chip BrownReporter, Orangebloods.com
Grant BurgetOklahoma player 1970-74
Chris CarlinOklahoma player 1970-74
Lloyd CarrMichigan coach 1995-2007
*Charlie CavagnaroUNLV AD 1995-2001, Memphis AD 1982-95
Pete CavenderBoise State player 2003-07, radio analyst BSU Sports Radio Network
Angelique ChengelisReporter, The Detroit News
Tony CollinsEast Carolina player 1977-80
Bob CondronUSOC dir. of media services 1984-2012, former SID at Texas Tech and SMU
Gene CorriganNotre Dame AD 1981-87, Virginia AD 1971-80, ACC commissioner 1987-97
Dick CrumNorth Carolina coach 1978-87, Kent State coach 1988-90
Fran CurciMiami coach 1971-72, Kentucky coach 1973-81
*Pete Dawkins1958 Heisman winner at Army
Gene DeFilippoVillanova AD 1997-97, Boston College AD 1998-2010
Mark DienhartMinnesota AD 1995-2000
John DorseyKansas City Chiefs general manager, Connecticut player 1980-83
Herb DromediCentral Michigan coach 1978-93
Bob DunlevyWest Virginia player 1963-65
Chuck EaleyToledo player 1969-71
Jack EblingRadio host WVFN in Lansing, Mich.
Damon EvansGeorgia AD 2003-10
Rondo FehlbergBYU AD 1995-99
Robert GagliardiReporter, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle
Richard GianniniSouthern Miss AD 1999-2011
Bob GoinCincinnati AD 1997-2005, Florida State AD 1990-94
Joe GottfriedSouth Alabama AD 1984-2009
Doug GraberRutgers coach 1990-95
*Bob GrimOregon State player 1964-66
Lee GrosscupUtah player 1957-58
Mark HermannPurdue player 1977-80
*Tommy HicksColumnist, Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register
Ron HigginsColumnist, New Orleans Times-Picayune
Mike HogewoodBroadcaster, ACC Digital Network
David HorningN.C. State administrator 1984-2010
*David HouselAuburn AD 1990-2004
Todd HusakStanford player 1996-99
J.J. JoeBaylor player 1990-93; Radio analyst, Baylor
Scott JohnsonFresno State AD 2001-05
Adam JudeReporter, Seattle Times
*Blair KerkhoffReporter, The Kansas City Star
*Mike KernReporter, The Philadelphia Daily News
Shaun KingTulane player 1995-98
*Roy KramerSEC Commissioner 1990-2002
Nate KreckmanRadio host, KXDP in Denver
*Bobby LeachSMU player 1981-84
Jeff LoganOhio State player 1974-77
*Mike LudeAuburn AD 1992-93, Washington AD 1975-91
*Tom LuicciReporter, Newark (N.J.) Star Ledger
Kelly LyellReporter, Fort Collins (Colo.) Coloradoan
John MalloryWest Virginia player 1965-67
Bob MarcumKansas AD 1978-82, South Carolina AD 1982-88, Marshall AD 2002-09
Derrick MayesNotre Dame player 1992-95
*Mike McGeeDuke coach 1971-78, Cincinnati AD 1979-84, USC AD 1984-93
Pete MedhurstRadio reporter and host, Navy Radio Network
Tim MillisFormer NFL Referees Association exec. director, former Big 12 supervisor of officials
Eric MizellTroy player 1990-91
*Craig MortonCal player 1962-64
Joe NovakNorthern Illinois coach 1996-2007
Jim OakesLouisiana Tech AD 1994-2008
Denny O'BrienReporter on East Carolina for Bonesville.net
Steve OrsiniUCF AD 2002-06, SMU AD 2006-12
David PaschallReporter, Chattanooga (Tenn.) Free-Press
Terry Don PhillipsClemson AD, 2003-13, Oklahoma State AD 1995-2002
Allen PinkettNotre Dame player 1982-85; Radio analyst, Notre Dame
Doug PlankOhio State player 1972-74
*Steve PreeceOregon State player 1966-68
Michael ReghiFormer host, WKNR in Cleveland, Ohio
*Pat RichterWisconsin AD 1989-2004
*Kenny RodaFormer host WKNR 850 in Cleveland, Ohio
Gary SandersFormer radio broadcaster, UAB
*Terry R. SchmidtBall State player 1971-73
Jackie SherrillPitt coach 1977-81, Texas A&M coach 1982-88, Mississippi St coach 1991-2003
Corky SimpsonFormer columnist, The Tucson (Ariz.) Citizen
Riley SkinnerWake Forest player 2006-09
Joe SmigielArizona player 1992-94
Adam SparksReporter, The Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Daily News Journal
Fred StableyFormer Central Michigan sports information director
Don StrockFlorida International coach 2002-06
David TeelReporter, Newport News (Va.) Daily Press
Mel ThomasFormer TCU administrator and assistant coach
Darrell ThompsonMinnesota player 1986-89
Keith TribbleUCF AD 2006-11
Charlie TrotmanAuburn player 1977-79
*Max UrickIowa State AD 1983-93, Kansas State AD 1993-2001
*Roger ValdiserriFormer Notre Dame sports information director
Jeff Van NoteKentucky player 1966-68
Tommy VardellStanford player 1988-91
Jim VrugginkFormer Purdue sports information director
Jim WaldenIowa State coach 1987-94, Washington State coach 1978-86
Jay WalkerRadio host, KPEL in Lafayette, La.
John WaltersWriter, MediumHappy.com
Jack WhiteAlabama player 1971, former director for PGA Tour's Shotlink
Dwayne WoodruffLouisville player 1976-78
Rick WrightReporter, Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal
*Hugh YoshidaHawaii AD 1992-2002
 Bold indicates new voters for 2013
 * indicates voters who have participated in every Harris poll since 2005

 

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