Leavitt's ballot also was posted on USF's athletic department Web site,
That's precisely the correct attitude. None of these schools owe anything to SI.com or any other media outlet. But since they are public institutions, they do owe it to their fans and the citizens of their states to operate in the open. The American Football Coaches Association wants to make all ballots private beginning in the 2010 season, but when the coaches poll is one-third of a BCS formula that dictates who receives millions in bowl dollars, the people have a right to know how a group of public employees saw fit to distribute that money.
"I apologized to the team that I didn't put them higher." Leavitt told
It should be interesting to see if Bowden's ballot gets released. Wilson wrote that his e-mail "should serve as permission for
After Wednesday's practice,
In the same FanHouse.com story, AFCA spokesman
"This has been tried before and it didn't work the last time because the ballots don't belong to the universities, they belong to us," Bell told FanHouse. The NCAA used a similar argument in a Tallahassee courtroom when several Florida media outlets sued for access to documents pertaining to an investigation into an academic fraud scandal at FSU. The documents were kept on a secure, read-only Web site. The NCAA argued that because FSU didn't use public money to pay its membership dues, the documents are not public records. A judge ruled last week that the documents are public records, and the NCAA has appealed.
Several schools, including Oklahoma and N.C. State, responded to the request with the defense that the ballots are taken by phone and there is no written record to distribute. Oklahoma spokesman
One coach, Air Force's