Harris Interactive® Announces 2012 Harris Interactive College Football Poll Panelists

NEW YORK, Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Harris Interactive®, a leading global market research firm, has finalized the recruitment of the panel for the 2012 Harris Interactive College Football Poll(SM) (HICFP) commissioned by the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). Since 2005, the poll has been one of the three components in the BCS Standings that determine the two teams that will play in the BCS National Championship game and those that qualify for at-large selection into the other BCS games. The HICFP and the USA Today Coaches Poll each comprise one-third of the BCS Standings. The other one-third is an average of six computer rankings (Anderson & Hester, Richard Billingsley, the Colley Matrix, Kenneth Massey, Jeff Sagarin, and Peter Wolfe).

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2012 Harris Interactive College Football Poll Panel:

Aldridge, Denny

Grosscup, Lee

Plank, Doug

Anderson, Bob

Herrmann, Mark

Prater, Mike

Bailey, Eric

Hicks, Tommy

Preece, Steve

Bates, James

Hogeboom, Gary

Randle El, Antwaan

Batten, Sammy

Horning, David

Richter, Pat

Bestwick, Dick

Housel, David

Robinson, Earle

Biddle, Joe

Husak, Todd

Roda, Kenny

Bishop, Blaine

Joe, J.J.

Sanders, Gary

Bowden, Tommy

Johnson, Scott

Schiller, Harvey

Braine, Dave

Jones, Tony

Schmidt, Terry R.

Brandt, Gil

Jude, Adam

Shea, Terry

Brooks, Rich

Kassing, Don

Sherrill, Jackie

Brown, Chip

Kennedy, Laing

Simpson, Corky

Buckner, Brentson

Kerkhoff, Blair

Skinner, Reilly

Burget, Grant

Kern, Mike

Smigiel, Joe

Carlin, Chris

King, Shaun

Sparks, Adam

Carr, Lloyd

Kramer, Roy

Stabley, Fred

Cavagnaro, Charlie

Kreckman, Nate

Stevens, Patrick

Cavender, Pete

Leach, Bobby

Strock, Don

Collins, Tony

Lubick, Sonny

Swilling, Pat

Condron, Bob

Lude, Mike

Thomas, Mel

Corrigan, Gene

Luicci, Tom

Thompson, Darrell

Crowley, Joe

Mallory, John

Toner, John

Crum, Dick

Marcum, Bob

Trotman, Charlie

Curci, Fran

Matthews, Loren

Urick, Max

Dawkins, Pete

Mayes, Derrick

Valdiserri, Roger

Deromedi, Herb

McGee, Mike

Van Note, Jeff

Dienhart, Mark

McIlhenny, Lance

Vardell, Tommy

Dorsey, John

Medhurst, Pete

Vaught, Mike

Dunlevy, Bob

Millis, Tim

Vruggink, Jim

Ealey, Chuck

Mizell, Eric

Wagner, Bob

Ebling, Jack

Morton, Craig

Walden, Jim

Fehlberg, Rondo

Myers, Gerald

Walker, Jay

Gagliardi, Robert

Novak, Joe

Walters, John

Giannini, Richard

Oakes, Jim

White, Jack

Goin, Bob

O'Brien, Denny

Woodruff, Dwayne

Gottfried, Joe

Paschall, David

Wright, Rick

Griffith, Mike

Pinkett, Allen

Yoshida, Hugh

Grim, Bob

About the Harris Interactive College Football Poll

The Harris Interactive College Football Poll is comprised of 115 panelists and includes former coaches, players, administrators and current and former media. Panelists are randomly drawn by Harris Interactive from among more than 300 nominations supplied by the 11 Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) conferences and independent institutions.

The poll participants' names will be available at www.harrisinteractive.com/bcspoll and the Harris Interactive College Football Poll rankings will be released and posted each week to the Harris Interactive website beginning on October 7. The first BCS Standings will be released on October 14. As in previous seasons, only the final season rankings for each individual HICFP participant will be released on BCS Selection Sunday, which will be December 2 this year.

About the Bowl Championship Series

The BCS is a five-game arrangement for post-season college football that is managed by the 11 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences and institutions. Its purpose is to match the two top-ranked teams in the final BCS standings in a national championship game and to create competitive match-ups in the four other BCS bowl games. For more information, visit www.bcsfootball.org.

About Harris Interactive

Harris Interactive is one of the world's leading market research firms, leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll® and for pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers proprietary solutions in the areas of market and customer insight, corporate brand and reputation strategy, and marketing, advertising, public relations and communications research. Harris possesses expertise in a wide range of industries including health care, technology, public affairs, energy, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant, and consumer package goods. Additionally, Harris has a portfolio of multi-client offerings that complement our custom solutions while maximizing our client's research investment. Serving clients in more than 196 countries and territories through our North American and European offices, Harris specializes in delivering research solutions that help us - and our clients—stay ahead of what's next. For more information, please visit www.harrisinteractive.com.

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