Sunday, October 01, 2006

Week 5 2006 - Here are the Rankings for each coach on the Master Coaches Poll:



How are we different? The voters on the Master Coaches Poll receive a weekly packet containing game DVDs of the top teams in the country. The Master Coaches then watch the games and conduct a weekly conference call to discuss the hot topics in college football. The MCS Staff tabulates the votes and publishes the weekly rankings. The ballots are then made available for the fans to review. Leave us your comments on how the Master Coaches voted!


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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

SEVENTEEN WORDS That Describe the Best College Football Poll Methodology
(Or Why the Master Coaches Poll is the BEST?)

Here is a simple quiz for college football fans. Described below are five current polling methods to select college football’s Top 25 teams. Select the method that makes the most sense. Or, if you don’t like common sense, pick the one method that could produce the very best result in determining which two teams will be the best in college football by December 3, 2006 and get to play for the national championship.

Method (A) An overworked guy (80-90 hours per week on his regular job) must find time to study 25-35 teams each week to come up with the Top 25. He is overall qualified, but is really only familiar with the teams he faces while performing his regular job. Oftentimes, he out sources his vote to others due to his time constraints.

Method (B) Six Geek Squad graduates plug unfathomable formulae into mega computers and come up with six completely different results.

Method (C) A horde of guys watch 2-3 games on TV every Saturday and vote for a Top 25 on Sunday. Some of these guys played football, some coached football, some wrote about football, and others actually have seen a football. However, some of these guys have Saturday jobs that prevent them from seeing college football games. Oh well.

Method (D) Three score or so scribes get to cover one game on Saturday, interview players and coaches after the game, write up their story before deadline, then race home to catch the 4th quarter of a Pac 10 game in the Pacific Time Zone. Some of these guys are so woozy from watching Arizona battling Oregon State at 1 AM on Sunday, they end up accidentally resubmitting last week’s ballot without noticing it.

Method (E) Seventeen retired (that means no day job to get in the way) college football coaches with winning credentials ( Eleven are in College Football Hall of Fame) actually watch 18-20 games on DVDs each week and then discuss team performances vis-à-vis each other on a weekly conference call. Because of their connections, they can glean information from many of the overworked guys mentioned in Method (A) which makes them extremely knowledgeable every week. Quality opinions are formed and the resulting aggregate vote takes into consideration the more than 3,000 games these coaches won before they retired.


If you picked Method (E), you are correct. As for the 17 words that describe the best college football poll methodology, here they are in a quote from Master Coach John Robinson, “We see all the Top 25 games and we discuss the performances among our coaches every week” (Emphasis added).

Hall of Fame coach Bo Schembechler makes two points in favor of the Master Coaches Poll. “There are two very important things. One, we have DVDs furnished to us each week, and we get a chance to see all the top teams play. Two, we have 17 coaches from all over the country and we communicate with each other on a weekly basis about the games and how teams are playing. Taking those two things into account, no one is more knowledgeable to vote on a poll than us (the Master Coaches)” (Emphasis added).

Plain and simple. This Master Coaches Poll just makes too much sense.

Maybe the BCS administrators should heed Coach Schembechler’s words and make the Master Coaches Poll part of the official selection process for the BCS championship game in the 2007 season.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Week 4 2006 - Here are the rankings for each coach on the Master Coaches Poll:



How are we different? The voters on the Master Coaches Poll receive a weekly packet containing game DVDs of the top teams in the country. The Master Coaches then watch the games and conduct a weekly conference call to discuss the hot topics in college football. The MCS Staff tabulates the votes and publishes the weekly rankings. The ballots are then made available for the fans to review.

Leave us your comments on how the Master Coaches voted!

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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Week 3 2006 - Here are the rankings for each coach on the Master Coaches Poll:



How are we different?
The voters on the Master Coaches Poll receive a weekly packet containing game DVDs of the top teams in the country. The Master Coaches then watch the games and conduct a weekly conference call to discuss the hot topics in college football. The MCS Staff tabulates the votes and publishes the weekly rankings. The ballots are then made available for the fans to review.

Leave us your comments on how the Master Coaches voted!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Photo Album of the players on the 2006 Lott Trophy Watchlist


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Sorted by College [photos courtesy of each athletic dept]
Sam Olajubutu Sr LB Arkansas 5-9 227
Caleb Campbell Jr DB Army 6-2 223
Will Herring Sr LB Auburn 6-3 220
Korey Hall Sr LB Boise St 6-1 228
Daymeion Hughes Sr CB Cal 6-2 185
Daniel Bazuin Sr DE Central Mich 6-3 257
Jesse Nading Jr DE Colorado St 6-5 252
Kyle Kinsell Sr DE Davidson 6-0 235
Patrick Bailey Sr LB Duke 6-4 230
Eli Nichols Sr DL Duke 6-4 260
Brandon Siler Jr LB Florida 6-2 239
Dwayne Andrews Sr LB Fresno State 6-0 240
Quentin Moses Sr DE Georgia 6-5 255
Will Meyers Sr DB Indiana 5-11 201
Kenny Iwebema Sr DE Iowa 6-4 255
Nate Harris Sr LB Louisville 6-1 232
LaRon Landry Sr S LSU 6-2 204
Brandon Meriweather Sr S Miami 6-0 188
Leon Hall Sr CB Michigan 5-11 194
Patrick Willis Sr LB Mississippi 6-2 240
Rob Caldwell Sr LB Navy 6-0 222
Adam Carriker Sr DL Nebraska 6-6 280
Joe Garcia Sr DB Nevada 6-0 182
Tom Zbikowski Sr S Notre Dame 6-0 208
Matt Muncy Sr LB Ohio 6-2 234
Rufus Alexander Sr LB Oklahoma 6-1 231
Paul Posluszny Sr LB Penn St 6-2 230
H.B. Blades Sr LB Pitt 6-0 240
Tommy Blake Sr DE TCU 6-3 250
Justin Harrell Sr DT Tennessee 6-4 306
Tim Crowder Sr DE Texas 6-4 270
Michael Griffin Sr S Texas 6-0 205
Justin Warren Sr LB Texas A&M 6-3 237
Larry McSwain Sr DL UAB 6-3 255
Lawrence Jackson Sr DE USC 6-5 265
Eric Weddle Sr S Utah 6-0 200
Vince Hall Jr LB VA Tech 6-0 236
Marcus Hamilton Sr CB Virginia 5-11 187
Mkistro Bruce Sr DL Wash St 6-6 255
Jay Henry Sr LB West VA 6-2 225
Roderick Rogers Sr DB Wisconsin 6-2 181

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Thursday, May 11, 2006

2006 Lott Trophy Watch List

The involvement of the Master Football Coaches as voters with The Lott Trophy this upcoming football season should prove to be very interesting. (read full story) The Master Coaches are watching and evaluating all the top teams during the season and it is just a natural to have them a part of the selection process for the Lott Trophy.

We have provided you with the Watch List sorted various ways for your analysis and review ... alphabetically by player name, by college and by the player's position.

There are two colleges that have more than one player on the list...Texas and Duke!

Sorted by Player Name
Rufus Alexander Sr LB Oklahoma 6-1 231
Dwayne Andrews Sr LB Fresno State 6-0 240
Patrick Bailey Sr LB Duke 6-4 230
Daniel Bazuin Sr DE Central Mich 6-3 257
H.B. Blades Sr LB Pitt 6-0 240
Tommy Blake Sr DE TCU 6-3 250
Mkristo Bruce Sr DL Wash St 6-6 255
Rob Caldwell Sr LB Navy 6-0 222
Caleb Campbell Jr DB Army 6-2 223
Adam Carriker Sr DL Nebraska 6-6 280
Tim Crowder Sr DE Texas 6-4 270
Joe Garcia Sr DB Nevada 6-0 182
Michael Griffin Sr S Texas 6-0 205
Korey Hall Sr LB Boise St 6-1 228
Leon Hall Sr CB Michigan 5-11 194
Vince Hall Jr LB VA Tech 6-0 236
Marcus Hamilton Sr CB Virginia 5-11 187
Justin Harrell Sr DT Tennessee 6-4 306
Nate Harris Sr LB Louisville 6-1 232
Jay Henry Sr LB West VA 6-2 225
Will Herring Sr LB Auburn 6-3 220
Daymeion Hughes Sr CB Cal 6-2 185
Kenny Iwebema Sr DE Iowa 6-4 255
Lawrence Jackson Sr DE USC 6-5 265
Kyle Kinsell Sr DE Davidson 6-0 235
LaRon Landry Sr S LSU 6-2 204
Larry McSwain Sr DL UAB 6-3 255
Brandon Meriweather Sr S Miami 6-0 188
Will Meyers Sr DB Indiana 5-11 201
Quentin Moses Sr DE Georgia 6-5 255
Matt Muncy Sr LB Ohio 6-2 234
Jesse Nading Jr DE Colorado St 6-5 252
Eli Nichols Sr DL Duke 6-4 260
Sam Olajubutu Sr LB Arkansas 5-9 227
Paul Posluszny Sr LB Penn St 6-2 230
Roderick Rogers Sr DB Wisconsin 6-2 181
Brandon Siler Jr LB Florida 6-2 239
Justin Warren Sr LB Texas A&M 6-3 237
Eric Weddle Sr S Utah 6-0 200
Patrick Willis Sr LB Mississippi 6-2 240
Tom Zbikowski Sr S Notre Dame 6-0 208

Sorted by College
Sam Olajubutu Sr LB Arkansas 5-9 227
Caleb Campbell Jr DB Army 6-2 223
Will Herring Sr LB Auburn 6-3 220
Korey Hall Sr LB Boise St 6-1 228
Daymeion Hughes Sr CB Cal 6-2 185
Daniel Bazuin Sr DE Central Mich 6-3 257
Jesse Nading Jr DE Colorado St 6-5 252
Kyle Kinsell Sr DE Davidson 6-0 235
Patrick Bailey Sr LB Duke 6-4 230
Eli Nichols Sr DL Duke 6-4 260
Brandon Siler Jr LB Florida 6-2 239
Dwayne Andrews Sr LB Fresno State 6-0 240
Quentin Moses Sr DE Georgia 6-5 255
Will Meyers Sr DB Indiana 5-11 201
Kenny Iwebema Sr DE Iowa 6-4 255
Nate Harris Sr LB Louisville 6-1 232
LaRon Landry Sr S LSU 6-2 204
Brandon Meriweather Sr S Miami 6-0 188
Leon Hall Sr CB Michigan 5-11 194
Patrick Willis Sr LB Mississippi 6-2 240
Rob Caldwell Sr LB Navy 6-0 222
Adam Carriker Sr DL Nebraska 6-6 280
Joe Garcia Sr DB Nevada 6-0 182
Tom Zbikowski Sr S Notre Dame 6-0 208
Matt Muncy Sr LB Ohio 6-2 234
Rufus Alexander Sr LB Oklahoma 6-1 231
Paul Posluszny Sr LB Penn St 6-2 230
H.B. Blades Sr LB Pitt 6-0 240
Tommy Blake Sr DE TCU 6-3 250
Justin Harrell Sr DT Tennessee 6-4 306
Tim Crowder Sr DE Texas 6-4 270
Michael Griffin Sr S Texas 6-0 205
Justin Warren Sr LB Texas A&M 6-3 237
Larry McSwain Sr DL UAB 6-3 255
Lawrence Jackson Sr DE USC 6-5 265
Eric Weddle Sr S Utah 6-0 200
Vince Hall Jr LB VA Tech 6-0 236
Marcus Hamilton Sr CB Virginia 5-11 187
Mkristo Bruce Sr DL Wash St 6-6 255
Jay Henry Sr LB West VA 6-2 225
Roderick Rogers Sr DB Wisconsin 6-2 181

Sorted by Position
Defensive Backs:
Leon Hall Sr CB Michigan 5-11 194
Marcus Hamilton Sr CB Virginia 5-11 187
Daymeion Hughes Sr CB Cal 6-2 185
Caleb Campbell Jr DB Army 6-2 223
Joe Garcia Sr DB Nevada 6-0 182
Will Meyers Sr DB Indiana 5-11 201
Roderick Rogers Sr DB Wisconsin 6-2 181
Michael Griffin Sr S Texas 6-0 205
LaRon Landry Sr S LSU 6-2 204
Brandon Meriweather Sr S Miami 6-0 188
Eric Weddle Sr S Utah 6-0 200
Tom Zbikowski Sr S Notre Dame 6-0 208

Defensive Linemen:
Daniel Bazuin Sr DE Central Mich 6-3 257
Tommy Blake Sr DE TCU 6-3 250
Tim Crowder Sr DE Texas 6-4 270
Kenny Iwebema Sr DE Iowa 6-4 255
Lawrence Jackson Sr DE USC 6-5 265
Kyle Kinsell Sr DE Davidson 6-0 235
Quentin Moses Sr DE Georgia 6-5 255
Jesse Nading Jr DE Colorado St 6-5 252
Mkristo Bruce Sr DL Wash St 6-6 255
Adam Carriker Sr DL Nebraska 6-6 280
Larry McSwain Sr DL UAB 6-3 255
Eli Nichols Sr DL Duke 6-4 260
Justin Harrell Sr DT Tennessee 6-4 306

Linebackers:
Rufus Alexander Sr LB Oklahoma 6-1 231
Dwayne Andrews Sr LB Fresno State 6-0 240
Patrick Bailey Sr LB Duke 6-4 230
H.B. Blades Sr LB Pitt 6-0 240
Rob Caldwell Sr LB Navy 6-0 222
Korey Hall Sr LB Boise St 6-1 228
Vince Hall Jr LB VA Tech 6-0 236
Nate Harris Sr LB Louisville 6-1 232
Jay Henry Sr LB West VA 6-2 225
Will Herring Sr LB Auburn 6-3 220
Matt Muncy Sr LB Ohio 6-2 234
Sam Olajubutu Sr LB Arkansas 5-9 227
Paul Posluszny Sr LB Penn St 6-2 230
Brandon Siler Jr LB Florida 6-2 239
Justin Warren Sr LB Texas A&M 6-3 237
Patrick Willis Sr LB Mississippi 6-2 240




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Tuesday, May 09, 2006


Master Coaches Survey to be exclusive voters on the Lott Trophy

The Lott Trophy was created in 2004 to honor college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year.

The award is unique because it represents the first college football trophy to give equal weight to personal character as well as athletic performance. Additionally, it is the first national college football award to be based on the West Coast.

The Lott Trophy was named in honor of Ronnie Lott a two-time All-American for USC and College Football Hall of Fame Inductee. Ronnie Lott went on to win four Super Bowl rings with the San Francisco 49ers, ten trips to the Pro Bowl and a spot in Pro Football's Hall of Fame. He was a leader who had IMPACT both on the field as well as off.

The Master Football Coaches will bring their expert analytical skills to their exclusive vote for Lott Trophy finalists. The winner will be announced at the annual awards banquet on December 10th at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, CA. It is the only college football award the Master Coaches will vote on, a decision that shows the prominence of this new award.

In 2004, the first recipient of the Lott Trophy was David Pollack of Georgia. Last year, DeMeco Ryans of Alabama won the award.

Here is an interview from last year on ESPN's Hot List with Ronnie Lott and Coach Bill Walsh discussing the Lott Trophy, the qualifications necessary to win the award, and the three finalists - DeMeco Ryans, A J Hawk & Darryl Tapp: (Click on thumbnail to download & play video - make take a few minutes)

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