UPI Says It'll Do Its Own Football Poll

Here'a a PR Newswire release from June 2, 1991, in which UPI announces that it will continue with a college football of its own after the coaches' poll was shifted to USA Today:



WASHINGTON, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- United Press International's closely watched reporting of college football rankings will continue without ties to the American Football Coaches Association, UPI said today.

"After more than six months' discussion, UPI and AFCA have ended the joint polling effort which began in 1950. Our relationship is in UPI's view unchanged in all other respects," said Senior Vice President Milt Capps.

UPI sportswriters gathered votes from individual coaches each week, tallied the results and reported them for more than 40 years.

Capps said, "UPI now will report college football teams' performance independently of the coaches whose teams are being ranked.

"UPI's football coverage has earned a cherished reputation and we will build that reputation further through continued coverage of the nation's teams and their coaches.

"At the same time, given the growing controversy surrounding these polls, including the selection process and the increasing emphasis in some cases on commercialization, UPI will weigh the issue of team rankings with increasing care," Capps added.

AFCA said today a new set of rankings will be distributed and promoted by USA Today.

"UPI plans to continue carrying the coaches' votes and has been encouraged by AFCA management to do so," Capps noted. "We will also complete evaluations now underway of additional approaches to evaluating teams' performances."

This year the UPI National Championship Trophy went to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. whiles rankings from USA Today/CNN and Associated Press gave top position to the Colorado Buffaloes.

UPI also authors the legendary UPI All-American Team football selection each year and has helped shape worldwide sports coverage since it founding in 1907.

UPI further selects during each college football season the Coach of the Year, the Player of the Year, the Freshman of the Year, the Lineman of the Year and the Back of the Year.

UPI serves more than 3,000 news media outlets worldwide and is represented in more than 90 nations.

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/CONTACT: Milt Capps of UPI, 202-898-8254, or 301-772-4086 (home)/ CO: United Press International