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Coaches' poll votes to be confidential in 2010

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

In case you don't check the college football main page religiously (shame on you if you don't), the American Football Coaches Association decided coaches won't have to reveal their final ballots in the coaches' poll beginning in 2010.

This is yet another move to shield the public from pertinent information in a sport that does so more than any other. Making the final votes public can prevent lobbying and adds to the responsibility these men have in participating in these polls.

Seven Big Ten coaches voted in last year's poll, and there were some interesting final-ballot quirks.

The AFCA also eliminated the system that awarded bonus votes to conferences that ranked high in a previous season's poll. The Big Ten will be represented by six coaches in future polls.