Final coaches poll to stay as open ballot

WACO, Texas -- The final regular-season ballot of every voter in the USA Today college football coaches' poll will remain public.

The coaches had considered making those votes confidential. But Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, said Friday it will stay an open ballot.

The coaches' poll helps decide which teams play in the BCS national championship game.

Ballots in The Associated Press' college football poll are available to the public from the preseason to the final post-bowl vote.