About the Legends Poll
The Legends Poll was established in 2005 as an advisory top 25 college football poll, currently comprised of 17 retired, Hall of Fame caliber coaches.
The poll’s voting panel includes 15 College Football Hall of Fame Members and represents nine national championships and over 3,000 victories combined.
Following each week of competition, the legendary coaches review all of the relevant game film using a state of the art service called Hudl, discuss each team’s performance during a weekly conference call and establish a ranking of the Top 25 teams.
The Legends Poll voting process is exactly what the BCS is trying to create. We essentially are a “de facto” Selection Committee. Follow us over the next two seasons & you will see how the Selection Committee will operate from 2014 onward.
Who are the Legends Football Coaches?
Their names are synonymous with college football excellence. The legendary coaches are all College Football Hall of Fame members, or former coaches who are on track to be Hall of Fame members in the future.
The current Legends Poll voting panel includes coaching icons Bobby Bowden (Florida State), Frank Broyles (Arkansas), John Cooper (Ohio State), Fisher DeBerry (Air Force), Vince Dooley (Georgia), Terry Donahue (UCLA), Pat Dye (Auburn), LaVell Edwards (BYU), Don James (Washington), Dick MacPherson (Syracuse), Bill Mallory (Indiana), Don Nehlen (West Virginia), John Robinson (USC), Bobby Ross (Georgia Tech), R.C. Slocum (Texas A&M), Gene Stallings (Alabama) and George Welsh (Virginia).
Retired voting panel members include the legendary coaches Hayden Fry (Iowa), Tom Osborne (Nebraska), Bill Snyder (Kansas State), John Ralston (Stanford) and Frank Kush (Arizona State). Bo Schembechler (Michigan) passed away in 2006 while serving as a voter on the Legends Poll.
Our mission is to deliver an alternative rankings system for college football that is unbiased and accurate, and to provide unique content to the college football fan.
The Legends Poll is unique because it is made up of three components… the most experienced coaches, who actually watch the games, and a panel of voters that discusses and deliberates throughout the season before casting its votes. No other system has any of these components.