About this Page -- This is a discussion on Doyel on Boise, preseason polls. within the forum Around the NCAA. Pretty much the same way I think. I've always wanted the polls to start later in the season so it ...
The coaches wanted to eliminate the preseason poll last year. USA Today, which operates the poll, talked them out of it.
This is not a guess. This is a fact. I just hung up with USA Today deputy managing editor Jim Welch, who relayed that story to me. Last year the American Football Coaches Association commissioned the Gallup World Poll to study its poll and to make recommendations for improving it. One of those recommendations, Welch said, was to do away with the preseason poll -- and to not release its first poll until a month into the season.
"The coaches seemed to agree with that," Welch said.
So why didn't it happen?
"We don't view that as a good idea," Welch said.