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Who votes in the college football Harris poll?

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Lloyd Carr

Lloyd Carr

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:

Voter

Description

*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

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