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AP poll voter booted for mistaking Sooners win for loss

11/15/2006 - College Football

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A voter for The Associated Press college
football poll was removed from the poll board Wednesday because he
mistakenly thought Oklahoma had lost to Texas Tech and voted the
Sooners lower in this week's rankings.

Jim Kleinpeter of The Times-Picayune of New Orleans said he
tried to find the score of the Oklahoma game, but was unable to do
so.

He said he was in the press box at the Alabama-LSU game "and I
was asking about different teams, thinking about the poll the next
day. ... I thought somebody told me that Oklahoma was losing to
Texas Tech at some point. And I asked after the LSU game was over,
'Did Oklahoma win?' Somebody said Oklahoma lost," Kleinpeter said.

The Sooners rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat Texas Tech
34-24.

Because he believed the Sooners (8-2, 5-1) had lost, Kleinpeter
said he dropped Oklahoma from 15th to 24th on his ballot.

The Sooners actually moved up one spot, from No. 17 to No. 16,
in the current poll.

"It was my fault. I probably had other avenues I could have
gone to get the score, but I usually rely on the morning paper here
in Baton Rouge. And for some reason, they didn't have the score. I
looked all through it," he said.

"It's as simple as that. It was a mistake," he said. "I
usually never have a problem with accuracy. It's the most important
thing for me."

AP sports editor Terry Taylor said: "We understand mistakes can
happen, but we thought this one could have been prevented. The
heart of the matter here is the credibility of the poll."