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Coaches' poll will continue; crystal football won't be part of playoff

Florida State claims the last crystal ball trophy. (USATSI)
Florida State claimed the last crystal ball trophy. (USATSI)

INDIANAPOLIS -- The coaches' poll isn't going away with the end of the BCS. But it will try to sway opinion in its own way.

The poll that traces its roots back to 1952 will continue in the playoff era, American Football Coaches Executive Director Grant Teaff said Monday at the organization's annual convention.

Part of the reason, according to trustee Tommy Tuberville, is to influence the playoff selection committee.

“We're not going to be able to sway them,” said Tuberville, Cincinnati's coach, “but we might mentally be able to [say] ‘Hey, here's what the coaches think: Michigan ought to be three and Ohio State ought to be five.”

Tuberville also said there has been discussion about not releasing the coaches' poll until around October 1, but those talks were preliminary.

The famed crystal football will now be presented on campus to the nation's No. 1. The AFCA was notified by the College Football Playoff a few months ago that the association's crystal ball would not be presented to the playoff champion. The College Football Playoff will have its own trophy.

It hasn't been decided if the coaches' final No. 1 vote will go to the playoff winner, although that probably will be the case, Teaff said.

“I haven't talked to our coaches about it but common sense will tell you if you're going to have four teams selected, the winner of that is going to be considered the best in the nation,” Teaff said.

The coaches haven't voted on the final No. 1 team since before the BCS began in 1997. The AFCA decided to give its final No. 1 vote to the BCS championship game as a way to legitimize the system.

The crystal football became a symbol of the national championship in the BCS era. The $30,000 trophy was presented to the winning coach after the game.

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