But still, the Heisman allows early voting and some voters choose to cast their ballots before players have played all of their games.
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What if a contender breaks a leg or throws six interceptions or runs for five touchdowns? Shouldn't all of that be considered by voters?
The Heisman shouldn't allow anyone to vote before all of the games are over.
Instead, the Heisman is focusing on trying to keep a handful of voters from revealing their ballot before the selection show. Presumably, it's being done in an effort to maintain the mystery about the eventual winner and build the ratings around the selection show, but it's a misguided theory.
Last year's show was the second-most watched Heisman announcement of all time, and everyone with a clue knew that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was going to win.
Transparency by voters hasn't diminished the buzz around the selection show. Quite the opposite. It has created season-long buzz for the award, but now, the Heisman wants to put the kibosh on it.
That makes no sense.
The Heisman should be encouraging voters to talk about who is going to be on their ballots.
Revealing your ballot isn't always a fun thing to do, by the way. When I wrote a column last year explaining why I gave Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o my first-place vote instead of Manziel, I was besieged via email and on message boards by Aggie fans.
Then, the Cotton Bowl happened, and the bombardment began anew.
Then, Notre Dame got run over in the national championship game and Te'o was caught up in the fake girlfriend story, and you can imagine some of the comments that came my way.
That's part of the gig, though. I shared my opinion on the Heisman, and I welcomed the lively debate about my vote.
The Heisman Trophy Trust should do the same.
Instead, it is ready to take away my vote and that of others who dare talk about who was on their ballots. Even though there are other issues that are actually hurting the validity of the voting process, this is the one the Heisman has chosen to champion.
Hey, Heisman Trust, after receiving your letter and mulling your request, I've made a decision. You can have my vote. I don't want to be part of this anymore.
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