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Dear Gary (on how the Coaches poll is silly, too)

Posted on: December 30, 2008 1:16 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2008 1:18 pm

Here's Tuesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: I enjoy your taking the piss out of George Geise for his asinine AP ballot as much as the next reader, but I think you're being unfair to George when you don't point out that the votes of certain coaches in the Coaches poll are just as asinine. But, we all know that the Top 25 (and one) is the only unbiased poll out there anyway. For that, we fans are grateful.

-- Steve

Anything for the fans, Steve.

And you're spot-on about the Coaches poll, and how it's just as ridiculous as the AP poll in some areas, and the reason is simple: There is no way a college coach can keep track of what's going on around the nation, not with practices, film sessions, various speaking engagements and games. Most coaches are so focused on their immediate schedule and/or league that they don't really know what's happening elsewhere, and I bet the majority of them only see bits and pieces of games each week that don't involve an upcoming opponent.

In other words, UCLA is playing Oregon State this weekend, and so Ben Howland will watch no less than eight OSU games this week. But I guarantee you he didn't see Monday night's Georgetown-UConn game because he was either practicing, watching Oregon State film or handling some coaching-related activity. This is the norm. So I don't really blame coaches for not always having a good grasp of what's going on, because I understand why that would be difficult. But that doesn't make their voting records any less silly, evidence being how they omitted Butler this week.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2009 10:59 pm

Dear Gary (on how the Coaches poll is silly, too)

You want to know why there's no love for Kentucky? Because you're 11-3 with a loss to VMI and only two wins that are even halfway respectable (WVU and K-State). If you hadn't lost to VMI, that might be good enough for fringe consideration. As it is, not even close.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2009 1:38 pm

Dear Gary (on how the Coaches poll is silly, too)

I hope that the coaches get it correct and put Butler in the Coaches Poll should they win at Valpo on Saturday.

Butler had an impressive win against a tough UAB team on Tuesday. 

Look for Butler to continue riding the hot hand of fab freshman Shelvin Mack.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2008 1:20 pm

Dear Gary (on how the Coaches poll is silly, too)

Dear Gary,

    I like all my other KENTUCKY  faithful have but one question? WHERE IS THE LOVE????????

As usual you and all your media cronies treat KENTUCKY  as the red-headed step child( no offense unforgettable John Pelphery)

It does not seem to matter if KENTUCKY wins by 1 or 100, THERE IS NO LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What happened?????????  Please explain the best way my baised brain can understand!!!!!!!!!!!

GO CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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