Heisman Vote No Big Deal

There are more than a few media folks making a big deal out of Tim Tebow finishing third in the Heisman Trophy voting, especially since the Gator quarterback received the most first place votes. Some of that criticism is justifiably directed at the 154 "electors" who didn't have Tebow anywhere on their ballots.

Most of those electors were apparently in the Southwest and it makes you wonder if there was some sort of collusion among them to try and direct the award to one of the Big 12 quarterbacks.

In the immortal words of Rhett Butler, frankly I don't give a damn.

I said all along that any of the three finalists would have been a deserving winner and the fact that they were so close in the final tabulation shows most of the electors agreed. I'm not going to criticize someone who voted for Graham Harrell or Michael Crabtree either. I would, however like to order drug testing for the three who gave their top spot to West Virginia quarterback Pat White as well as the one person who thought Michigan State runner Javon Ringer belonged there. As someone who usually has a defensive player or lineman on his ballot I have to accept that others may choose to do something quirky with theirs.

That said there are three changes I would like to see.

Vote in January ----- Why do we rush to get our votes in right after the season. Just because that's traditional doesn't mean it's the right way to choose a winner. Wouldn't it be better to vote January 15 and award the Heisman a week later? Players wouldn't have to travel right before they have to take finals. The winner wouldn't have his (and his team's) bowl preparations hampered by post-award media obligations. Additionally a January vote allows each player to make his final case on a major stage. Since bowls are part of the college football season shouldn't bowl performances be considered?

Create a ballot ----- After all conference championship games have been played send out a form to the 924 electors asking for their top five candidates in no particular order. The five players who get the most votes are the five finalists and guaranteed a trip to NYC for the presentation. Then in January send out the official ballot with the five finalists. We rank them in order to choose the recipient of the trophy.

Increase weight of top votes ---- I would like to see the top spot get more points, sorta like they do for the National All-Sports Trophy. For this five-slot ballot I would suggest ten points for first, seven for second, five for third, three for fourth and one point for fifth. This is not a reaction to this year's vote, though I think they should give five points for first, three for second and one for third under the current system. Had the 5, 3, 1 scoring system been in place this year the results would have been the same.

I doubt any of those changes will happen, but it's worth debating.


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