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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:
|*Denny Aldridge||Texas player 1966-68|
|Bob Anderson||Army player 1956-60|
|James Bates||Florida player 1993-96, Fox Sports South broadcaster|
|Sammy Batten||Reporter, The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer|
|*Joe Biddle||Former columnist, The Nashville Tennessean|
|*Blaine Bishop||Ball State player 1990-92, Radio host, WGFX in Nashville|
|Tommy Bowden||Tulane coach 1997-98, Clemson coach 1999-2008|
|Dave Braine||Georgia Tech AD 1997-2006, Virginia Tech AD 1988-97, Marshall AD 1985-87|
|Gil Brandt||NFL.com analyst, Former Cowboys director of player personnel|
|Rich Brooks||Oregon coach 1977-94, Kentucky coach 2003-09|
|Chip Brown||Reporter, Orangebloods.com|
|Grant Burget||Oklahoma player 1970-74|
|Chris Carlin||Oklahoma player 1970-74|
|Lloyd Carr||Michigan coach 1995-2007|
|*Charlie Cavagnaro||UNLV AD 1995-2001, Memphis AD 1982-95|
|Pete Cavender||Boise State player 2003-07, radio analyst BSU Sports Radio Network|
|Angelique Chengelis||Reporter, The Detroit News|
|Tony Collins||East Carolina player 1977-80|
|Bob Condron||USOC dir. of media services 1984-2012, former SID at Texas Tech and SMU|
|Gene Corrigan||Notre Dame AD 1981-87, Virginia AD 1971-80, ACC commissioner 1987-97|
|Dick Crum||North Carolina coach 1978-87, Kent State coach 1988-90|
|Fran Curci||Miami coach 1971-72, Kentucky coach 1973-81|
|*Pete Dawkins||1958 Heisman winner at Army|
|Gene DeFilippo||Villanova AD 1997-97, Boston College AD 1998-2010|
|Mark Dienhart||Minnesota AD 1995-2000|
|John Dorsey||Kansas City Chiefs general manager, Connecticut player 1980-83|
|Herb Dromedi||Central Michigan coach 1978-93|
|Bob Dunlevy||West Virginia player 1963-65|
|Chuck Ealey||Toledo player 1969-71|
|Jack Ebling||Radio host WVFN in Lansing, Mich.|
|Damon Evans||Georgia AD 2003-10|
|Rondo Fehlberg||BYU AD 1995-99|
|Robert Gagliardi||Reporter, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle|
|Richard Giannini||Southern Miss AD 1999-2011|
|Bob Goin||Cincinnati AD 1997-2005, Florida State AD 1990-94|
|Joe Gottfried||South Alabama AD 1984-2009|
|Doug Graber||Rutgers coach 1990-95|
|*Bob Grim||Oregon State player 1964-66|
|Lee Grosscup||Utah player 1957-58|
|Mark Hermann||Purdue player 1977-80|
|*Tommy Hicks||Columnist, Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register|
|Ron Higgins||Columnist, New Orleans Times-Picayune|
|Mike Hogewood||Broadcaster, ACC Digital Network|
|David Horning||N.C. State administrator 1984-2010|
|*David Housel||Auburn AD 1990-2004|
|Todd Husak||Stanford player 1996-99|
|J.J. Joe||Baylor player 1990-93; Radio analyst, Baylor|
|Scott Johnson||Fresno State AD 2001-05|
|Adam Jude||Reporter, Seattle Times|
|*Blair Kerkhoff||Reporter, The Kansas City Star|
|*Mike Kern||Reporter, The Philadelphia Daily News|
|Shaun King||Tulane player 1995-98|
|*Roy Kramer||SEC Commissioner 1990-2002|
|Nate Kreckman||Radio host, KXDP in Denver|
|*Bobby Leach||SMU player 1981-84|
|Jeff Logan||Ohio State player 1974-77|
|*Mike Lude||Auburn AD 1992-93, Washington AD 1975-91|
|*Tom Luicci||Reporter, Newark (N.J.) Star Ledger|
|Kelly Lyell||Reporter, Fort Collins (Colo.) Coloradoan|
|John Mallory||West Virginia player 1965-67|
|Bob Marcum||Kansas AD 1978-82, South Carolina AD 1982-88, Marshall AD 2002-09|
|Derrick Mayes||Notre Dame player 1992-95|
|*Mike McGee||Duke coach 1971-78, Cincinnati AD 1979-84, USC AD 1984-93|
|Pete Medhurst||Radio reporter and host, Navy Radio Network|
|Tim Millis||Former NFL Referees Association exec. director, former Big 12 supervisor of officials|
|Eric Mizell||Troy player 1990-91|
|*Craig Morton||Cal player 1962-64|
|Joe Novak||Northern Illinois coach 1996-2007|
|Jim Oakes||Louisiana Tech AD 1994-2008|
|Denny O'Brien||Reporter on East Carolina for Bonesville.net|
|Steve Orsini||UCF AD 2002-06, SMU AD 2006-12|
|David Paschall||Reporter, Chattanooga (Tenn.) Free-Press|
|Terry Don Phillips||Clemson AD, 2003-13, Oklahoma State AD 1995-2002|
|Allen Pinkett||Notre Dame player 1982-85; Radio analyst, Notre Dame|
|Doug Plank||Ohio State player 1972-74|
|*Steve Preece||Oregon State player 1966-68|
|Michael Reghi||Former host, WKNR in Cleveland, Ohio|
|*Pat Richter||Wisconsin AD 1989-2004|
|*Kenny Roda||Former host WKNR 850 in Cleveland, Ohio|
|Gary Sanders||Former radio broadcaster, UAB|
|*Terry R. Schmidt||Ball State player 1971-73|
|Jackie Sherrill||Pitt coach 1977-81, Texas A&M coach 1982-88, Mississippi St coach 1991-2003|
|Corky Simpson||Former columnist, The Tucson (Ariz.) Citizen|
|Riley Skinner||Wake Forest player 2006-09|
|Joe Smigiel||Arizona player 1992-94|
|Adam Sparks||Reporter, The Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Daily News Journal|
|Fred Stabley||Former Central Michigan sports information director|
|Don Strock||Florida International coach 2002-06|
|David Teel||Reporter, Newport News (Va.) Daily Press|
|Mel Thomas||Former TCU administrator and assistant coach|
|Darrell Thompson||Minnesota player 1986-89|
|Keith Tribble||UCF AD 2006-11|
|Charlie Trotman||Auburn player 1977-79|
|*Max Urick||Iowa State AD 1983-93, Kansas State AD 1993-2001|
|*Roger Valdiserri||Former Notre Dame sports information director|
|Jeff Van Note||Kentucky player 1966-68|
|Tommy Vardell||Stanford player 1988-91|
|Jim Vruggink||Former Purdue sports information director|
|Jim Walden||Iowa State coach 1987-94, Washington State coach 1978-86|
|Jay Walker||Radio host, KPEL in Lafayette, La.|
|John Walters||Writer, MediumHappy.com|
|Jack White||Alabama player 1971, former director for PGA Tour's Shotlink|
|Dwayne Woodruff||Louisville player 1976-78|
|Rick Wright||Reporter, Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal|
|*Hugh Yoshida||Hawaii AD 1992-2002|
|Bold indicates new voters for 2013|
|* indicates voters who have participated in every Harris poll since 2005|