The new college football poll being used by the Bowl Championship Series will have to replace five voters on its recently unveiled panel, four who work for ESPN and one whose only connection to college football is his father-in-law.
Lou Holtz, Gerry DiNardo, John Congemi and Sam Smith are not permitted by ESPN to vote in the Harris Interactive College Football Poll because it is being used by the BCS to determine which teams play for the national championship.
Jason Rash, the son-in-law of Troy Coach Larry Blakeney, has withdrawn from the 114-member Harris voter panel after the BCS informed the Sun Belt Conference that he did not meet its voter criteria.
Congemi, a former Pittsburgh quarterback, is a game analyst for ESPN's regional college football coverage. Holtz, who retired as South Carolina coach last year, recently signed on as a studio analyst. DiNardo, fired as Indiana coach after last season, will work for ESPN Radio.
Smith, who does play-by-play for ESPN's regional coverage of Sun Belt Conference games, was asked by the network to give up his spot on the poll.
The Harris poll is being used by the BCS to replace the Associated Press media poll after the AP asked college football officials to stop using the top 25 in their formula for picking teams to play in the four major bowls.
-- From News Services