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Utah coach dislikes polls as much as Pac-12 commissioner

Published September 4, 2012 4:39 pm

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Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott isn't the only one who doesn't believe coaches should vote, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham wouldn't mind seeing the coaches poll eliminated either. Whittingham, who has voted in the coaches poll in the past but wasn't asked to do so this year, said coaches don't have the time to do the proper research to create a well-informed ballot. "We've all got tunnel vision going on," he said. "All we see are ESPN highlights and that isn't an accurate barometer. I agree with him, I've thought that for years." Whittingham said things should be settled on the field, not in the polls. "An 8-team playoff, that is what I am for," he said. "You win your conference, you make the playoffs. You win the playoffs, you win the national championship." The Utes were at the heart of the playoff vs. BCS talk in 2008 when they finished undefeated. Whittingham was the only coach who voted his team No. 1 after its Sugar Bowl win over Alabama. The Utes finished fourth in the coaches poll.