Heisman Secret Ballots Causes Uproar With Voters

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Heisman voters have been told they are to keep their ballot secrets from now on, or risk losing their vote for the award. This new process presents a problem for columnists and radio and TV personalities, who are asked to talk about their ballots as part of their job. The new rule has become such an issue that some voters are giving up their ballot and CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd, who is one of those people, talked with Doug Gottlieb about the Heisman change.

“What we need now in college athletics is more transparency not less,” Dodd said. “I’m not going to be a part of that. I don’t want to be a part of that.”

Voters had until April 8 to promise that they would keep their ballots secret after the voting deadline in early December, which had never been the case before in Heisman voting.

“Bottom line, the Heisman discussion is as American as Chevrolet or apple pie,” Dodd said. “From August to December, it’s part of what we do.”

Dodd won’t be voting for the award anymore as he has given up his ballot along with other colleagues who are making a stand against the process. That will leave them with the freedom to discuss the college football’s most prestigious honor.

“Instead of hiding it, I’m going to write about it and have a clear conscience.”

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