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Former players, coaches make up new Harris poll

Terry Bradshaw, Lou Holtz, Steve Largent and Anthony Munoz are
among the 114 panelists voting in a new poll the Bowl Championship
Series will use this season to determine which teams play in
college football's four major bowls, including the national title
game.

The Harris Interactive College Football Poll panel is comprised
of former college football players, coaches and administrators,
plus some media members. The names of its voters were released
Monday.

"Harris Interactive has been diligent in creating a voting
panel that is balanced, statistically valid, and representative of
all I-A conferences and independents," BCS coordinator and Big 12
Conference commissioner Kevin Weiberg said in a statement.

The Harris Poll replaces The Associated Press Top 25 media poll
as one of three components in the BCS standings. The USA Today
coaches' poll and a compilation of six computer rankings make up
the other two-thirds of a team's BCS grade.

The AP poll had been used by the BCS since its inception in
1998, but after last season the AP asked BCS officials to stop
using its rankings in their formula.

ESPN pulled its affiliation to the coaches poll after last
season.

The Harris panel has numerous big names on it, including NFL
Hall of Famers Bradshaw, Largent and Munoz.

Bradshaw played at Louisiana Tech. Munoz was an All-American
tackle at USC. Largent played for Tulsa.

Holtz retired from coaching last season, leaving South Carolina.
He also made successful stop at Arkansas, Minnesota and Notre Dame.

Among the other former players voting in the Harris Poll are
Rocket Ismail, Boomer Esiason, Don Maynard, Lee Roy Selmon and
Craig Morton.

Spike Dykes, Gerry DiNardo and Foge Fazio are among the former
coaches taking part in the poll.

Former Southeastern Conference commissioner Roy Kramer, whose
effort was pivotal in forming the BCS, will also be a Harris poll
voter.

The 114-member panel was selected by Harris Interactive Inc., a
marketing firm hired by the BCS, out of a group of more than 300
nominations supplied by the Division I-A conferences and Notre
Dame.

The voters were chosen to give equal representation to all 11
conferences.

The first Harris poll will be released Sept. 25, four weeks into
the college football regular season. Harris poll voters will not be
required to make their ballots public until the final poll Dec. 5.

Voters in the coaches' poll agreed for the first time to release
their final ballots this season.

The first BCS standings will be released Oct. 17.