BCS gives Harris Interactive poll four-year extension

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Harris Interactive poll will be part of the Bowl Championship Series standings into the next decade.

The BCS on Thursday announced it has signed a four-year extension with Harris Interactive, which became part of the college football landscape a year ago.

The Harris poll constitutes one-third of the BCS standings, joining the USA Today coaches' poll and an average of six computer rankings. It replaced The Associated Press poll.

"The BCS was pleased with how the Harris Interactive College Football Poll was structured and delivered last season," said Mike Slive, BCS coordinator and Southeastern Conference commissioner. "Harris Interactive's approach to the coordination of the poll and desire for integrity in the process warranted this extension."

"Harris Interactive has been a leader in polling for more than 40 years," Harris Interactive CEO Greg Novak said. "We are proud to offer our best practices to the BCS system, and we look forward to delivering a poll on the top 25 college football teams in the nation for the next four years."

The Harris poll will be released every Sunday from Sept. 24 through Dec. 3. The panel of 114 participants comprises former coaches, players and administrators, along with current and former media members.

The first BCS standings will be released Oct. 15.