HOOVER, Ala. – Almost without fail since the mid-1980s, Ole Miss has received at least one vote at SEC Media Days to win the coming season’s championship.
That won’t happen this season, at least not from Glen Waddle. The school’s public address announcer for football and baseball has been a pretty consistent attendee at Media Days but has other commitments this week.
Waddle calls his first-place vote for the Rebels a “tradition.” He says preseason polls are meaningless and that he’s put much more effort and focus into in-season polls in which he’s participated.
“For a preseason poll where half the folks don’t vote … I just consider that to be a lark,” Waddle said.
Riding a 14-game SEC losing streak going into the 2012 season didn’t change things.
“David Kellum (Ole Miss radio play-by-play voice) sat by me in the media room and said, ‘Are you going to pull the trigger again.’ I said, ‘Sure. I’ll vote us No. 1 again. Why not?’”
Waddle says one of his favorite pastimes is listening to the bewildered voices of Birmingham sports talk radio while driving back to Jackson after the vote has been released.
Voting in the Media Days poll is voluntary, and many registered media choose not to participate.
Waddle says he takes a much more serious approach to putting players’ names on the ballot for the preseason All-SEC team.