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Why Kirk Ferentz is not involved in USA Today coaches’ poll

[ 0 ] November 12, 2013 |

‘Tis the season when speculation about the Bowl Championship Series dominates college football.

But Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz wants no part of it – at least when it comes to voting.

“I’m the last guy to ask about BCS stuff,” Ferentz said Tuesday during a Big Ten teleconference. “I have no idea how all that works, other than I know if you win that’s good.”

Ferentz has led the Hawkeyes to two BCS appearances, the 2003 and 2010 Orange Bowls.

This year, Alabama and Florida State are the leading contenders to appear in the national title game, while Baylor and Ohio State hope to leapfrog into contention.

The USA TODAY coaches’ poll is one of the factors in BCS standings. USA TODAY editors said they have no record of Ferentz ever having been a panelist.

“I’m not on that poll, and that’s for a reason,” Ferentz said. “The only teams I really feel like I could even comment on are the ones that we see week to week on film, or the ones we’ve already played.

“I see a lot less than the average fan, as far as how Oregon or Stanford look, that type of thing.”

Ferentz also doesn’t like the idea of a coach’s vote being made public.

“That’s just one more nightmare for everybody to have to endure,” Ferentz said. “That’s the world we live in, so I’m trying to stay out of that one if at all possible.

“Unless they mandate it, you can count on me staying out of it.”

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About Andrew Logue: Andrew has been with the Des Moines Register for 19 years, covering everything from preps to Hawkeye and Cyclone sports, as well as the Drake Relays. View author profile.

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