Jim Tressel: Nice Cop Out
"We felt as if it was somewhat of a conflict of interest as we're going to be participating in the game and the amount of respect we have both programs, we just decided that that was the best thing for Ohio State," Jim Tressel said during a teleconference Sunday night.
But you did vote ALL year, right, Jim? You voted the week before you played Michigan during the season, right, Jim? You have voted YOUR team number 1 most of the season, right, Jim? Certainly THAT could be perceived as a conflict of interest. But it isn't. It isn't, because Jim voted Ohio State number 1 because he felt they were the best team in the land. He didn't vote them number 1 simply because they were his team. Right?
Saying that his voting this week is a conflict of interest is a de facto admission that his voting is not based on his impression of who is the best, second best, third best (and so on) team in the country. By copping out, Tressel is admitting that he would be tempted to vote for the team which is the better match up for his Buckeyes. Not necessarily for the team that he feels is number two.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr was asked during a Rose Bowl teleconference late Sunday what he thought of Tressel's decision to not vote. "Well, I thought it was real slick," Carr said, flatly.
The BCS selection process is already inherently flawed. We all know this. Coaches not properly participating in the system only add to the profound ambiguity of the process and further clutter the already muddled picture. If the coaches of the top teams don't have the desire to rely on their personal integrity to at least do their part, then what is a flawed system becomes wholely untenable.
The BCS problem isn't just systematic. It is completely doomed if the participants don't hold up their end as well.