There is no integrity in the AP Poll

So a few weeks back, "for the integrity of the poll" USA Today & the AFCA chose to out Lane Kiffin's confidential vote in the Coaches Poll. Ah yes, making his confidential vote public surely helped maintain / restore the integrity of the poll [insert sarcasm font].

Fast forward to today, the AP releases their poll following week 1's games. Fairly quickly the twitterverse seized upon the fact that a writer from the Bay Area, Ray Ratto, had some let's say quirky votes.  For example, Ratto has West Virginia at the bottom of his ballot placing them at #24. Yes, your memory is correct, West Virginia coming off that 70-33 spanking of Clemson in the Orange Bowl did open up this weekend with a thorough trouncing of in-state foe Marshall 69-34. 

So Ratto has WVU #24....let's see where everyone else has them....the Coaches Poll has them at #8...and the full AP Poll has them at #9.  Anyone else find this odd?  Where is the integrity monitor? 

Take a look at how Pollspeak.com analyzed Ratto's votes.  Some might take issue with Texas State at #16; but they did beat Houston with a first time starter at quarterback [there's that sarcasm font again].  

There's plenty more in there to make one scratch their head; but really why take the time.  This is pathetic. 

For what it's worth, below is the full AP Poll.


Cool video: FAU Intro

Pretty cool video there from Carl Pelini's team down at FAU.

That should sell well with the fans and with recruits.

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We present to you the FAU dance team...

Video: Inside the PR1DE

By all accounts, East Mississippi Community College had a special season last year, taking home the national title. Since then, they have released numerous high quality videos highlighting their journey, and this one (chronicling their off season leading up to the 2012 opener) may be their best one yet.

The video is very well put together and provides perspective from coaches, administrators, and former players on the strides that the program has taken in a short period.

There's also plenty of behind the scenes footage including thoughts on camp from the coaching staff and some good clips of the players just being themselves. 

"I won't hire a grad assistant unless I would eventually hire him full time"

After practice yesterday Bronco Mendenhall touched on a basic philosophy that many head coaches around the country share when looking to hire a graduate assistant. 

"I guess I'll share a basic philosophy. I won't hire a graduate assistant now unless I would eventually consider him to be a full time coach here."

Bronco talks about how current secondary coach / special teams coordinator Nick Howell had a sincere desire and hunger to prove himself at BYU while he was interviewing for the defensive grad assistant position a few seasons ago. According to Bronco, Howell eventually flat out worked circles around everyone else in the office.

As he explains at the end of the clip, the cycle of graduate assistants that staff has helped develop have been able to successfully pass along the lessons learned and work ethic needed as the new graduate assistants are brought in.

Bronco echoed many of the things that were highlighted during many of our Inside Scoop episodes. If you want to be successful as a grad assistant, or are working to get into a graduate assistants role, work your tail off, be sincere, listen and learn, and be the first one in, and last one out of the office. That's what head coaches are looking for when they have an opening for a full time assistant. Prove yourself daily.

Chip Kelly: I don't understand that coaching concept

After practice yesterday a reporter asked Chip Kelly if they held anything back from their offensive game plan as the game progressed during their win against Arkansas State.

Kelly responded by explaining that he doesn't understand why a coach would do that.

"Our game plan was executed in terms of what we wanted to do going in to those guys. We never make any decision on what we're going to run or not going to run by how much we show there."

"I don't understand that concept because if you go 'We need to have this route in, but we didn't practice it cause we didn't think we'd need it'...then you're in trouble."

"A lot of it is based on how they defended it and how they came out and what we had practiced against, which was a good thing. We thought they were going to a four down front team and a little bit of odd situations for us and that's how they came out. So our game plan kind of played out the way we thought it would play out...thank goodness."


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