INDIANAPOLIS-- The NCAA has issued its preseason Top 25 coaches' poll, and at the same time has requested its coaches stop drinking when they vote. NCAA president Mark Emmert could only hold his head in his hands when told Louisiana Tech not only topped the rankings, but received 90 percent of the first-place votes.
"This is embarrassing," Emmert said. "I knew the coaches all got together to vote, but I didn't think alcohol would be involved."
Emmert then broke down in tears when told San Jose State was ranked ninth. Other highlights include Toledo ranked seventh, Vanderbilt ranked second and SMU third. Conspicuously absent from the Top 25 is defending NCAA champion Auburn.
The coaches gathered at a Las Vegas hotel last week for voting. The NCAA knew something was amiss when Oregon coach Chip Kelly tweeted "LOL just voted Army #1. GO BLACK KNIGHTS LOL" during the meetings. Minutes later, Texas coach Mack Brown tweeted "Jack Daniels rulz. Totally going 3-9 this yr."
Emmert said the NCAA is meeting this week to discuss changes to the voting system. None of the coaches have commented on the rankings, although some have said they don't remember voting at all.
PRESEASON TOP 25
NO. TEAM CONF. CC SCORE
1 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs WAC 3726
2 Vanderbilt Commadores SEC 2727
3 Southern Methodist Mustangs C-USA 2465
4 Army Black Knights Ind. 2440
5 Texas A&M Aggies Big-12 2359
6 UAB Blazers C-USA 2354
7 Toledo Rockets MAC 2313
8 Maryland Terrapins ACC 2308
9 San Jose State Spartans WAC 2306
10 South Carolina Gamecocks SEC 2259
11 Alabama Crimson Tide SEC 2250
12 Memphis Tigers C-USA 2160
13 Utah Utes PAC-12 2138
14 Brigham Young Cougars Ind. 2137
15 Michigan State Spartans Big Ten 2104
16 Texas Longhorns Big-12 2104
17 North Texas Mean Green Sun Belt 2093
18 Ohio State Buckeyes Big Ten 2089
19 Missouri Tigers Big-12 2081
20 Central Michigan Chippewas MAC 2067
21 West Virginia Mountaineers Big East 2010
22 LSU Tigers SEC 1999
23 Houston Cougars C-USA 1996
24 Ohio Bobcats MAC 1988
25 Georgia Bulldogs SEC 1974
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