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Tressel votes Texas No. 1? Er, uh ... no

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published September 7, 2006


COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said he voted Texas No. 1 in the USA Today coaches poll this week. But his ballot didn't have the Longhorns in the top spot, USA Today disclosed.

At his weekly news conference on Tuesday previewing the top-ranked Buckeyes' game at No. 2 Texas on Saturday night, Tressel said, "I've got (the Longhorns) ranked No. 1 on our ballot."

Stan Jefferson, Ohio State's director of player development, called in Tressel's ballot Tuesday morning. He said he changed the ballot and did not have time to tell Tressel.

"When it came time to vote on the preseason poll, we voted Texas No. 1 and us No. 3 after talking about it as a staff," Jefferson said. "When I called in his poll (Tuesday morning), he did not tell me to put Ohio State No. 1. I put that down because we were No. 1 in the preseason poll that came out. I did not have time to get with him before the press conference."

Jefferson called it an "honest mistake."

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