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Friday, August 7, 2009
Non-AQ coaches voting in coaches' poll


Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson

My favorite part of the coaches' poll is seeing who votes in it.

This year, 59 coaches agreed to vote and all are members of the American Football Coaches Association, which is the governing body of football coaches. In that list, there are 26 coaches from the nonautomatic-qualifying schools, including seven who are first-year head coaches.

There are four coaches from the WAC, six from Conference USA, six from the MAC, four from the Mountain West, four from the Sun Belt and two from the Independents. If you didn't already figure it out, it's about half the coaches from each conference. I'm not sure how they're chosen, but I'm looking into it.

It is interesting that neither Utah coach Kyle Whittingham nor BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall will vote considering both teams might be in the thick of things as the season progresses. However, TCU's Gary Patterson and Boise State's Chris Petersen will have a say.

Here's the list of non-AQ coaches in this year's coaches' poll:

Robb Akey, Idaho
Gary Andersen, Utah State
David Bailiff, Rice
Tim Beckman, Toledo
J.D. Brookhart, Akron
Troy Calhoun, Air Force
Neil Callaway, UAB
Dave Christensen, Wyoming
Dave Clawson, Bowling Green
Mario Cristobal, Florida International
Todd Dodge, North Texas
Ron English, Eastern Michigan
Larry Fedora, Southern Miss
Al Golden, Temple
Ken Niumatalolo, Navy
Stan Parrish, Ball State
Gary Patterson, TCU
Chris Petersen, Boise State
Mike Sanford, UNLV
Rick Stockstill, Middle Tennessee
Kevin Sumlin, Houston
Bob Toledo, Tulane
DeWayne Walker, New Mexico State
Charlie Weatherbie, Louisiana-Monroe
Charlie Weis, Notre Dame
Tommy West, Memphis