The first college football rankings of 2012 just came out and already USC is causing controversy. In the first preseason USA Today Poll of the year, three teams received at least 18 first place votes in the poll. Alabama had 20, USC had 19 and LSU received 18 to really split up the vote.
USC head coach Lane Kiffin has stepped down as one of the voting members of the poll this season. The reason stems from his claim that he wouldn't put the USC Trojans as the top team, which is exactly what he did with his vote. USA Today tried to quell the drama surrounding who he voted for by publishing his vote, revealing that Kiffin did give USC that top spot.
It doesn't even seem like a big deal that Kiffin was supporting his team, but the fact that he may have tried to mislead the press certainly didn't put the situation in a good light. Now it has created drama for USC that didn't need to take place, probably leading to his decision to resign from the board that votes for the polls each week.
If Kiffin had simply been honest about his vote, this probably wouldn't even be a story, but for some reason he intentionally drew attention to himself and his university by not being up-front about it. Now USC doesn't have a vote, which could actually hurt the team if the race for the national championship remains close.
What do you think about the 2012 college football rankings so far? Is Lane Kiffin's action a non-story?