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.
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.