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The USA Today Coaches' Poll is the current name for a weekly ranking of the top 25 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) college football and Division I college basketball teams.

The football rankings are compiled by the USA Today Board of Coaches which is made up of 61 head coaches at Division I FBS institutions.[1] All coaches are members of the American Football Coaches Association. The basketball rankings are compiled by the USA Today Board of Coaches which is made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions.[2] All are members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

The football Coaches' Poll is an element of the BCS rankings, a voting system used to determine who will play in the BCS National Championship Game and be crowned the NCAA Division I FBS national champion.

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History

The Coaches' Poll began selecting the top 20 teams on a weekly basis during the 1950-1951 college football and basketball seasons. It was initially published by United Press (after 1958, United Press International). For the 1990-1991 football and basketball seasons, the poll expanded to a top 25, and it has retained this format since.

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College football

Through the 1973 college football season, the final coaches poll was released in early December, after the regular season, but before the bowl games. Beginning with the 1974 season, the poll of coaches conducted its final poll after the bowl games. In 1991, USA Today and CNN took over publishing the coaches' football poll. In 1997, ESPN took the place of CNN as co-sponsor. Finally, following the 2005 season, as a result of controversial voting practices related to the BCS, ESPN dropped its co-sponsorship of the football poll, leaving USA Today as the sole sponsor.[3]

Although the coaches' football poll is often generally in accord with the AP Poll, there are important differences. Eleven times the Coaches Poll has crowned a different national champion than the AP Poll – in 1954, 1957, 1965, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1990, 1991, 1997, and 2003 – causing consternation among some college football fans. Until 1974 the final Coaches Poll was taken before the bowl games occurred. This was changed after the 1973 season, when Alabama was crowned as the Coaches Poll national champion in December, yet lost the Sugar Bowl to Notre Dame on New Year's Eve. The same situation occurred in 1970, when #5 Notre Dame beat #1 Texas 24-11 in the 1971 Cotton Bowl and Nebraska won the AP national title.

The change to the post-bowl final poll was well-timed as the top-ranked team would lose its bowl game four more times in 1970s: in 1975, 1977, 1978, and 1979.

Also, since 1974, teams on probation are not recognized in the poll of coaches while the AP permits their inclusion.

The winner of the BCS National Championship Game is required to be voted number one, yet the AP Poll does not have this requirement. The winner of the Coaches' Poll is awarded the exquisite Waterford Crystal National Championship Coaches' Trophy in an on-field post-game presentation.

The coaches poll has come under criticism for being inaccurate, with some of the charges being that coaches are biased towards their own teams and conferences, that coaches don't actually complete their own ballots, and that coaches are unfamiliar with even the basics, such as whether a team is undefeated or not, about teams they are voting on.[4][5]

Year-by-year final coaches' poll football champions

Source (accessed 2005-11-15)

Season School Head Coach notes
1950 Oklahoma Bud Wilkinson lost 13-7 in 1951 Sugar Bowl
1951 Tennessee Robert Neyland lost 28-13 in 1952 Sugar Bowl
1952 Michigan State Biggie Munn no bowl allowed by Big Ten
1953 Maryland Jim Tatum lost 7-0 in 1954 Orange Bowl
1954 UCLA Red Sanders no bowl; consecutive Rose Bowls forbidden; Ohio State named AP champion
1955 Oklahoma Bud Wilkinson
1956 Oklahoma Bud Wilkinson no bowl; consecutive bowls forbidden
1957 Ohio State Woody Hayes Auburn named AP champion
1958 LSU Paul Dietzel
1959 Syracuse Ben Schwartzwalder
1960 Minnesota Murray Warmath lost 17-7 in 1961 Rose Bowl
1961 Alabama Bear Bryant
1962 USC John McKay
1963 Texas Darrell Royal
1964 Alabama Bear Bryant lost 21-17 in 1965 Orange Bowl
1965 Michigan State Duffy Daugherty lost 14-12 in 1966 Rose Bowl; Alabama named AP champion
1966 Notre Dame Ara Parseghian no bowls - (1925-68, voluntary)
1967 USC John McKay
1968 Ohio State Woody Hayes
1969 Texas Darrell Royal
1970 Texas Darrell Royal lost 24-11 in 1971 Cotton Bowl; Nebraska named AP champion
1971 Nebraska Bob Devaney
1972 USC John McKay
1973 Alabama Bear Bryant lost 24-23 in Sugar Bowl (Dec. 1973); Notre Dame named AP champion
1974 USC John McKay Oklahoma named AP champion
1975 Oklahoma Barry Switzer
1976 Pittsburgh Johnny Majors
1977 Notre Dame Dan Devine
1978 USC John Robinson Alabama named AP champion
1979 Alabama Bear Bryant
1980 Georgia Vince Dooley
1981 Clemson Danny Ford
1982 Penn State Joe Paterno
1983 Miami Howard Schnellenberger
1984 Brigham Young LaVell Edwards
1985 Oklahoma Barry Switzer
1986 Penn State Joe Paterno
1987 Miami Jimmy Johnson
1988 Notre Dame Lou Holtz
1989 Miami Dennis Erickson
1990 Georgia Tech Bobby Ross Colorado named AP champion
1991 Washington Don James Miami (Fla.) named AP champion
1992 Alabama Gene Stallings
1993 Florida State Bobby Bowden
1994 Nebraska Tom Osborne
1995 Nebraska Tom Osborne
1996 Florida Steve Spurrier
1997 Nebraska Tom Osborne Michigan named AP champion
1998 Tennessee Phil Fulmer
1999 Florida State Bobby Bowden
2000 Oklahoma Bob Stoops
2001 Miami Larry Coker
2002 Ohio State Jim Tressel
2003 LSU Nick Saban USC named AP champion
2004 USC Pete Carroll
2005 Texas Mack Brown
2006 Florida Urban Meyer
2007 LSU Les Miles
2008 Florida Urban Meyer
2009 Alabama Nick Saban

By school

School Number Seasons
Alabama 6 1961, 1964, 1973, 1979, 1992, 2009
Oklahoma 6 1950, 1955, 1956, 1975, 1985, 2000
USC 6 1962, 1967, 1972, 1974, 1978, 2004
Miami (FL) 4 1983, 1987, 1989, 2001
Nebraska 4 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997
Texas 4 1963, 1969, 1970, 2005
Florida 3 1996, 2006, 2008
LSU 3 1958, 2003, 2007
Notre Dame 3 1966, 1977, 1988
Ohio State 3 1957, 1968, 2002
Florida State 2 1993, 1999
Penn State 2 1982, 1986
Michigan State 2 1952, 1965
Tennessee 2 1951, 1998
BYU 1 1984
Clemson 1 1981
Georgia 1 1980
Georgia Tech 1 1990
Maryland 1 1953
Minnesota 1 1960
Pittsburgh 1 1976
Syracuse 1 1959
UCLA 1 1954
Washington 1 1991

College basketball

Beginning in 1993, USA Today and CNN took over publishing the coaches' basketball poll for UPI. Beginning in the 1993-1994 basketball season, the Coaches' Poll began publishing its final poll after the NCAA basketball tournament. From 1995 to 2001, the poll was co-sponsored by USA Today and the NABC. Finally, in 2002, ESPN joined as a co-sponsor of the Coaches' Poll along with USA Today and the National Association of Basketball Coaches where select NABC members serve as the voting block for the poll. ESPN retains its involvement with the basketball poll despite no longer being involved with the football poll.

2005-2006 season

2005 Board of Coaches (Football)

2005-2006 Board of Coaches (Basketball)

2006-2007 Season

2006 Board of Coaches (Football)

Source Those coaches who have been dismissed from position are noted with an asterisk.

2006-2007 Board of Coaches (Basketball)

Source, accessed 2006-11-15

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