Poll: Nearly half of coaches favor Power Five-only schedule

Thursday August 7th, 2014

Nearly half of Power Five coaches favor a Power Five-only schedule, according to a poll conducted by ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy.

The poll asked 65 coaches from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC and Notre Dame their views on only scheduling teams from the Power Five conferences. Thirty of the coaches (46 percent) said they were in favor of the idea, 23 coaches (35 percent) were against it and 12 coaches (18.5 percent) were undecided.

Alabama coach Nick Saban voted in favor, saying it is the right thing to do for the fans.

"We need to be more concerned about the people who support the programs and the university and come and see the games," Saban said. "Those are the most important. But we never think about that."

Texas coach Charlie Strong was concerned about the impact a rule would have on smaller colleges who receive boosts from playing Power-Five teams.

Texas' Charlie Strong also was against it because he said the Longhorns are committed to playing an annual home game against a non-Power Five school from Texas. The Longhorns have played a smaller in-state school in three of the past five seasons and open this year against North Texas.

Currently all teams do not play the same number of conference games. Schools are allowed to play non-Power Five and FCS teams to fill out their schedule.

More: Pelini: Power Five autonomy is 'not going to work'

- Paul Palladino

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