When the preseason poll came out, I simply assumed that Duke didn't receive a vote simply because South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier was not a voter in the coaches' poll this season. Turns out out he was. So why didn't he list Duke at #25 on his ballot out of loyalty and tradition to the first program to give him a shot at coaching in 1-A, as he always does? Just because he was asked (hat tip to EDSBS).
The University of South Carolina head coach said Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, asked him not to put Duke in the poll.That's all it took? Just asking him nicely? Has Spurrier mellowed at this point or is it simply that in all these years, it never dawned on anyone else in the AFCA to just ask Spurrier not to do it?
"He just said I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't vote for Duke to keep the integrity of the poll alive," Spurrier said. "So I went with him."
Now if someone could just explain how teams like Virginia, Oklahoma State, Arizona and Tulsa got votes I'd appreciate it.