Before today you probably never heard of Mike Adras. He's the basketball coach at Northern Arizona, and in his final ballot for the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll, he voted Ohio St. the No. 1 team in the nation. And, yes, this was after watching UConn win the National Championship. It gets better: Adras had Kansas No. 2.
Not to worry, however; Adras can explain. Here he is speaking with ESPN Tuesday:
"Well, first of all, no disrespect to Connecticut," Adras said, apparently not joking. "I mean, I'm happy for them, they won the championship, they deserved it, they beat teams on the court, but my vote was based on the entire body of work of the entire season and I just felt like Ohio St. was, you know, truly the No. 1 team in the country if you looked at the entire college basketball season."
When asked about the public reaction since making his vote, Adras offered this:
"You know, it's mixed. I've gotten some emails that are not too pleasant to be honest with you. But, you know, I think there are a lot of other people who agree with what I have done here. I don't know -- right, wrong or indifferent, I mean, Connecticut is still going to be the national champion, that's not going to change. It's just that I believe -- and I have been voting on the USA Today ballots for a number of years, and this year I felt like that if I was going to vote No. 1, I should vote for who I believe was the best team in college basketball. And I felt over the course of the season it was Ohio St."
A couple thoughts: First, using Adras' "I'm looking at the entire season" logic, the New England Patriots should be the No. 1 team in the NFL based on their league-best 14-2 record. Never mind that the Green Bay Packers, much like the Huskies, got on a run late in the season and rode it all the way to the championship.
Second, it's interesting that Adras says that "there are a lot of other people who agree" with him since, you know, of the 31 voters in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll, 30 had UConn No. 1 on their ballot.