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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Voting Irregularities in Ohio?

Take a look at this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Notice how Dayton received eight points.

Both last week and the week before last, Dayton was not among those receiving points. What then, you ask, have the Flyers done to merit newfound love?

In two games, both at home, Dayton has lost to Eastern Kentucky and beaten Coppin State. Not exactly a stellar record.

But wait (wait, don't tell me), Ronald "Fang" Mitchell, the Eagles' coach, is the representative of the Mid-American Athletic Conference to the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Could the Coppin State coach be responsible for Dayton's inclusion in the latest poll?

We'll never know.

Despite the controversy surrounding secret voting by the coaches in other sports, particularly football, Mitchell doesn't want to publicly reveal his ballot for the Coaches Poll.

"I don't see what purpose that would serve to publicize the votes," Mitchell said. "We are just voting. It's our opinion."

But if the shoe fits, I'll wear it. "Fang" gave Dayton all eight of the school's points.

Via an email from reader Andrew.