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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).
Here's a helping hand: McKnight, Stafon Johnson, C.J. Gable, all from USC; Jahvid Best, California; and Jeremiah Johnson, Oregon.
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: