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Larry Scott Is Behind Lane Kiffin's Decision To Pull Out Of Coaches' Poll

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott supports Lane Kiffin's decision to end his responsibilities as a voter in the USA Today coaches' poll.

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Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott isn't upset about USC Trojans coach Lane Kiffin's decision to cease his voting contributions in USA Today's coaches' poll. In fact, Scott went further than supporting Kiffin, adding that the ability for coaches to vote a college football top-25 is both subjective and, in a way, inaccurate.

Via a transcript of an interview from the "Mason and Ireland Show" on 710-ESPN:

"I think it's an unfair position to put the coaches in," Scott said, "to supposedly vote objectively when they've got a very natural conflict of interest, No. 1, and, No. 2, I think most coaches are focused on their own games -- let alone breaking down tape afterwards and all that. So to expect that coaches could have a good, balanced, well-researched perspective on who the best teams are in any given week is a fallacy."

Earlier this week, Kiffin pulled out of the coaches' poll after USA Today revealed he had voted his Trojans No. 1 in the nation. The issue? Kiffin had told reporters beforehand that he'd never vote his own team as the best in the country.

USA Today, in order to keep the poll's integrity in place, released Kiffin's vote because his prior comments were misleading, the paper wrote. They usually keep the votes under wraps until the season's final poll is released.

Now, Scott's comments somewhat question the point of the poll. It is indeed a process that doesn't shed commitments to teams or conferences. Plus, Scott notes that a coach in charge of breaking down his own game film isn't exactly in the best position to throw out an accurate top-25 poll every week.