Thursday, August 31, 2006

Making a list and checking it twice | by Pat

The sleuths over at The Wizard of Odds managed to unearth the voters in the 2006 Harris Poll and have posted the new list. If you may recall from last year, the Harris Poll was selected to replace the AP poll in the BCS Standings soup. The Harris Poll also features a nomination process where each conference gets a say.

Each of the 11 NCAA Division I-A conferences were asked to nominate up to 30 potential voters. Through random selection, Harris Interactive found 10 voters per conference. Notre Dame is represented by three voters and Army and Navy have a combined one vote. BCS conferences will hold a 55 percent majority, according to BCS spokesman Bob Burda.
Glancing at the new list, I'm trying to pick out the three ND nominated voters as well as any other voters with ND ties. Here's what I came up with.
Gene Corrigan - Former Notre Dame athletic director.
Jim Morse - Captain of the 1956 team. Member of the Harris Poll last year.
Tom Hammond - NBC announcer for ND football and women's Olympic figure skating.
Roger Valdiserri - Famed former ND SID. On the poll last year, but not as an ND nominee.
Who did I miss? I can't imagine that Hammond was nominated by ND and if Valdiserri was an independent nominee last year, I'd wager he is again this year. So who's the third ND nominee? Any other names that jump out at you?