Sunday, July 24, 2005

Harris poll filling up | by Jay

Might be old news, but I hadn't seen it until today. Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A couple of Irish tidbits included.

Harris says it has commitments from about 80 of the 114 people it wants for the poll, but won't release the list until late next month when the panel is final. The poll will be one of three components, along with the USA Today coaches poll and the average of six computer rankings systems, in the Bowl Championship Series formula that determines who'll play for college football's national championship...

...Who declined

Ara Parseghian. The former Notre Dame coach said he was too busy doing work related to his foundation to participate...

...Who wasn't asked

If Harris runs out of voters, former Notre Dame coach Gerry Faust would like to throw his name in the hat...

"I wasn't asked, but I'd love to do it," said Faust, who gets to at least seven Irish games a year and catches all the highlight shows at home in Akron, Ohio. "I voted in the UPI poll for five years and enjoyed it immensely."

Others who said they weren't contacted: Terry Bowden, former Auburn coach and current ABC analyst; Gene Corrigan, former ACC commissioner and AD at Virginia and Notre Dame; Pat Dye, former coach at Auburn, East Carolina and Wyoming; Danny Ford, former Clemson coach; Ray Goff, former Georgia coach; Bob Pruett, former Marshall coach; and Darrell Royal, former Texas coach.