OSU COACH VOTING TEXAS ONE OR TWO?
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said he voted
Texas No. 1 in the USA Today coaches poll this week. Only he
At his weekly news conference on Tuesday previewing the
top-ranked Buckeyes' showdown at No. 2 Texas on Saturday night,
Tressel said, "I've got (the Longhorns) ranked No. 1 on our
But USA Today disclosed late Tuesday night that Tressel's ballot
didn't list Texas No. 1. The ballot listed Texas at No. 2, Ohio
Stan Jefferson, Ohio State's director of player development,
called in Tressel's ballot on Tuesday morning. He said he changed
the ballot and did not have time to tell Tressel.
"When it came time to vote on the preseason poll, we voted
Texas No. 1 and us No. 3 after talking about it as a staff,"
Jefferson told the Mansfield (Ohio) News Journal. "When I called
in his poll (Tuesday morning), he did not tell me to put Ohio State
No. 1. I put that down because we were No. 1 in the preseason poll
that came out. I did not have time to get with him before the press
Jefferson said it was an "honest mistake."
"It was not meant as a psychological ploy or attempt to play
mind games," he said.