Q. Were you in favor of the preseason polls during your career?
A. I didn't like the preseason polls. It's like you're voting for something that is going to happen. It's a lot different than voting once it does happen. How did you rank teams for the preseason polls, considering practice had barely started? I tried to look at as much stuff as I could, tried to get an idea of what teams had coming back. Actually, I got on the panel because I complained about the way people were voting. Back then, you'd sometimes have a guy in Texas putting Texas No. 2 or No. 3, and they'd have one or two losses. And I'm using Texas as an example. That happened a lot.
Years ago, did you see more teams get first-place votes for the preseason polls than you see today?
Yeah, much more then than now. Now it seems to be concentrated on one, two, three, maybe four teams at the top that everyone likes. After that, it's pretty much just a guessing game, no matter how much information you get.
There's obviously much more information, such as on the Internet, to use when researching teams. How hard was it before?
It was a real guessing game. You really had to look hard to find the difference between certain teams. I think it was much harder to vote back then than it is now because, like you said, there's a lot more information available and, of course, those of us who did the polls generally tried to do a pretty good job.
Did you ever leave a team out and not notice until the poll came out?
Yes, I left Florida State out when all three Florida schools were around the top five. I was concentrating on which one was No. 1; I forgot about Florida State. Boy, did I hear it from them [Florida State]. They threatened my life.
Ideally, should the polling start later in the season?
If you have to play two or three games before [a poll], you'd have some idea. But there is no true system, even then.