A week or so ago, we reported on how Navy’s Quarterback Keenan Reynolds was removed from an ESPN fan ballot for the Heisman trophy, because ESPN “experts” didn’t like him – and he was in 1st place!
While Reynolds was put back on the ballot, the Heisman Trust did not nominate him for their award, enraging fans and some “experts” alike. Cue respected sports writer John Feinstein.
Feinstein, who was first asked to vote on the Heisman winner in 1979, is enraged that ESPN and the Heisman Trust would discriminate against the Navy QB.
After the poor examples set by the past two winners Jameis Winston, Johnny Manziel, Feinstein claims the Heisman trust had the chance to send a message.
Reynolds had only one game televised on ESPN this year, and instead of being drafted into the NFL will be serving his country. This breeds an ill informed and ignorant Heisman electorate.
We agree with Feinstein: This is a disgrace!
From CBS Sports:
When I was a very young reporter at The Washington Post, I received a Heisman Trophy ballot. I have no idea how I actually got on the list but I’m guessing since I was covering college football, the people at the so-called, ‘Heisman Trust,’ made me a voter. Getting a Heisman vote is only slightly more difficult than registering to vote, which explains why there are close to 1,000 voters.
What’s more, once you get a Heisman vote you keep it forever. Unlike one’s vote for President, committing a felony apparently doesn’t cost you your right to vote.
At least as far as I know. I sent an e-mail to the flack for the Heisman trust asking if O.J. Simpson still receives a ballot as a past winner and got no response.
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