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The final ESPN/USA Today coaches poll of the season is out and with it comes where the coaches ranked each team.
Here is how each coach voted for Michgian in its final poll, where the Wolverines were ranked 14th:
Tommy Amaker, Harvard (former Michigan coach) -- 15th
Tevester Anderson, Jackson State -- 15th
Ronnie Arrow, South Alabama -- 15th
Randy Bennett, St. Mary's -- 15th
Eddie Biedenbach, UNC Asheville --14th
Jim Boeheim, Syracuse -- 15th
Rick Byrd, Belmont -- 22nd
Tim Cluess, Iona -- 15th
Charlie Coles, Miami (Ohio) -- 17th
Steve Donahue, Boston College -- 12th
Scott Drew, Baylor -- 15th
Steve Fisher, San Diego State (former Michigan coach) -- 12th
Mark Fox, Georgia -- 10th
Don Friday, St. Francis (PA) -- 14th
Bill Herrion, New Hampshire -- 15th
Ben Jacobson, Northern Iowa -- 14th
Rob Jeter, Milwaukee -- 14th
Phil Martelli, St. Joseph's -- 22nd
Mike McConathy, Northwestern State -- 22nd
Bob McKillop, Davidson -- 11th
Ron Mitchell, Coppin State -- 18th
Matt Painter, Purdue -- 14th
Dave Paulsen, Bucknell (former Michigan assistant) -- 13th
Randy Rahe, Weber State -- 14th
Herb Sendek, Arizona State -- 13th
Shaka Smart, VCU -- UNRANKED
Scott Sutton, Oral Roberts -- 19th
Donnie Tyndall, Morehead State -- 18th
Don Verlin, Idaho -- 17th
Bob Williams, UCSB -- 23rd
Doug Wojick, ex-Tulsa (fired Sunday) -- 9th
The most shocking thing is Smart's ballot. Not only did he leave off Michigan, but he also didn't have Kansas on his ballot. The Wolverines are one thing, but the Jayhawks have been one of the top 10 teams in the country all season. So no idea what's going on there. Smart had Notre Dame and Gonzaga in his final ballot instead of Kansas and Michigan.
The former Michigan coaches voting had the Wolverines pegged about right.
This is personal opinion, but I always trust the basketball coaches poll more than the football one. First, it doesn't matter at all in the postseason process so there isn't conference jockeying going on. Second, many basketball coaches are obsessive over watching tape and other teams play so they likely have a good idea of where a team really stands.
The most common rankings were Nos. 14 and 15, with seven coaches each.
Four coaches had Michigan in the 20s in their ballots. Only one, Wojick, had the Wolverines in the top 10.
The final ESPN/USA Today coaches poll of the season is out and with it comes where the coaches ranked each team.Here is how each coach voted for Michgian in its final poll, where the Wolverines were ranked 14th: Tommy Amaker, Harvard (former Michigan coach) -- 15th Tevester Anderson, Jackson State -- 15th Ronnie Arrow, South Alabama -- 15th Randy Bennett, St.