Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
The Pac-10 will stop being paranoid about East Coast bias as soon as it stops falling victim to it.
The Texas-based Doak Walker Award (Central Time Zone bias?) included just two Pac-10 running backs -- UCLA's Kahlil Bell and Arizona State's Keegan Herring -- on its 43-player watch list released Thursday.
Of course, the initial list didn't even include Bell. It featured Marc Dellins instead.
Dellins is UCLA's long-time sports information director.
Wonder how many of these guys would make the rotation at USC? Or Oregon or California for that matter.
In fairness, the watch list is based on nominations by sports information directors, but it's hard to believe some of the obvious Pac-10 omissions wouldn't register -- and be corrected -- by someone who knew a little bit about the conference.
You know: Like watched the Rose Bowl (Joe McKnight).
Semifinalists will be announced on Nov. 10, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the finalists, who will be announced on Nov. 24. The committee will cast a second vote beginning on Dec. 1 to determine the recipient.
Here are the other 41 players:
- Tarrion Adams (Sr.), Tulsa
- Reggie Arnold (Jr.), Arkansas State
- Andre Brown (Sr.), North Carolina State
- Donald Brown (Jr.), Connecticut
- Donald Buckram (So.), UTEP
- James Davis (Sr.), Clemson
- Mike Davis (Sr.), South Carolina
- Andre Dixon (Jr.), Connecticut
- Anthony Dixon (Jr.), Mississippi State
- Jonathan Dwyer (So.), Georgia Tech
- Jamelle Eugene (Jr.), North Carolina State
- Tyrell Fenroy (Sr.), Louisiana Lafayette
- Rodney Ferguson (Sr.), New Mexico
- Damion Fletcher (Jr.), Southern Mississippi
- Arian Foster (Sr.), Tennessee
- Mike Goodson (Jr.), Texas A&M
- P.J. Hill (Jr.), Wisconsin
- Deonte Jackson (So.), Idaho
- Terrell Jackson (Sr.), UTEP
- Eugene Jarvis (Jr.), Kent State
- Ian Johnson (Sr.), Boise State
- Eric Kettani (Sr.), Naval Academy
- Jorvorskie Lane (Sr.), Texas A&M
- Luke Lippincott (Sr.), Nevada
- Greg Little (So.), North Carolina
- Marlon Lucky (Sr.), Nebraska
- Darrell Mack (Sr.), Utah
- DeMyron Martin (Sr.), SMU
- LeSean McCoy (So.), Pittsburgh
- Knowshon Moreno (So.), Georgia
- DeMarco Murray (So.), Oklahoma
- Javon Ringer (Sr.), Michigan State
- Kory Sheets (Sr.), Purdue
- Michael Smith (Jr.), Arkansas
- C.J. Spiller (Jr.), Clemson
- James Starks (Jr.), Buffalo
- Frank Summers (Sr.), UNLV
- Tyrell Sutton (Sr.), Northwestern
- Joseph Turner (Jr.), TCU
- Harvey Unga (So.), BYU
- Chris Wells (Jr.), Ohio State