WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- California coach Jeff Tedford and
the commissioner of the Pac-10 Conference called for coaches to
make their votes public after California was dropped below No. 6 by
six voters in the final ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll.
"It's something we need to know," said Tedford, who signed a
five-year contract extension Monday. "One of the worst things that
could happen is the votes being kept secret. If we had it to do all
over again, I would hope that we'd make them public."
Cal (10-1) slipped behind Texas in the final Bowl Championship
Series Standings on Sunday, in part because the Bears lost so much
ground in both The Associated Press and coaches' polls over the last
The BCS drop caused Cal to miss out on the school's first Rose
Bowl berth in 45 years. The Golden Bears are bound for San Diego and the
Holiday Bowl instead.
The American Football Coaches Association conducts the balloting
for the coaches' poll. The coaches voted twice this year to keep their ballots secret.
"Those votes should be called out," Pac-10 commissioner Tom
Hansen said in a phone interview. "We ought to know who did that,
because that's wrong."
In the AP and coaches' polls, Cal finished fourth. In the coaches' poll, the Bears were five points ahead of No. 5 Texas, which will
play Michigan in Pasadena on New Year's Day. The Bears were 62
points ahead of No. 6 Texas in the AP poll.
Six coaches picked the Bears seventh or lower in the final poll:
four at No. 7 and two in the eighth slot. In the previous week's
poll, nobody picked Cal lower than sixth. The latest vote came
after Cal's 26-16 victory at Southern Mississippi on Saturday night.
AP made public its poll Sunday, listing each voter's name, news organization and votes for Nos. 1-25.
None of the AP media voters had Cal ranked lower than sixth.
Eight had the Bears sixth, and in each case they were behind some
combination of Southern California, Oklahoma, Auburn, Texas and
"I certainly have a question of some of them," Hansen said of
the coaches' votes. "Something pretty unusual happened between
last week and this week. I'd like to have the Cal football team be
able to know which coaches thought they weren't in the top six
AFCA president Grant Teaff said the ballots from the final
coaches' poll will not be released. He said he didn't believe there
was anything suspicious about the final voting.
"We do very good due diligence to run a credible poll," he
said. "I understand their obvious concerns. I'm not oblivious to
The AFCA asked its 117 Division I-A members in February if it
wanted to make the votes public and they overwhelmingly voted
The 61 coaches participating this season were asked again about
a month ago if they would be willing to have the final ballot made
public, and it was voted down again.
"That's the way we're playing the game and we're not going to
change the way we play it in the middle of the game," Teaff said.
Teaff said making the ballots open will be discussed again in
Hansen insisted the conference is thrilled for No. 1 Southern
California, which will play for the national championship against
Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.
"That's a wonderful thing, and the California situation
isn't," said Hansen, who has attended several BCS and Rose Bowl
meetings in the past year. "The structure of the poll is a
concern, and the BCS commissioners have discussed that."
This will be the third time in four years the Rose Bowl won't
have the traditional matchup between Big Ten and Pac-10, "and
that's a great concern to the Rose Bowl," Hansen said.
Hansen sat with Rose Bowl representatives during Cal's 41-6
victory over rival Stanford in the Big Game on Nov. 20 -- and at
that time most people figured the Bears would be playing in
Pasadena on Jan. 1.
"It's happened to different institutions, not just to the
Pac-10, but we've had more than our share," he said. "The voting
pattern is disturbing and I hope we find out who did that."