Posted by: marcmwm | April 30, 2009

AFCA reviews accuracy, reliability of coaches’ poll



WACO, TEXAS (From the AFCA) — American Football Coaches Association Executive Director Grant Teaff will present the results of a three-month review of the Association’s USA Today Coaches’ Poll to the AFCA Board of Trustees at its annual spring meeting in Phoenix, Arizona next week.


The review was requested by the AFCA Board at the Association’s 2009 convention and was conducted by Gallup. The goal of the review is to assure that the Coaches’ Poll provides the greatest possible accuracy and reliability in its weekly rankings.




“Our Coaches’ Poll has been around since 1950 and while there have been some changes to the process over the years, our Board felt the time was right for a full review of all aspects of the poll by an external party.” AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff said.


“We asked Gallup to conduct a thorough study and make any recommendations that would enhance the credibility and accuracy of our rankings. We are looking forward to reviewing the report and discussing any and all modifications to our polling procedures.”


Any changes to the voting process will be made public later in May following consultations with the AFCA’s Coaches’ Poll media partner – USA Today – and BCS officials.


The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 10,000 members around the world, ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to “maintain the highest possible standards in football and the coaching profession” and to “provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football and coaching.”


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