When I logged on to the Heisman Trophy secure voting site Monday, there was a new element to the usual simple process.
To get to the actual ballot, I had to check a box saying that I would not divulge my Heisman vote prior to the announcement Saturday. This was the offshoot of the Heisman Trust movement last spring to clamp down on sports writers publicizing their votes in the days leading up to the ESPN broadcast.
Basically, the Heisman Trust didn’t want media members doing what they do for a living: voicing their opinions to the readership. They wanted a secret voting process, undoubtedly to help build suspense (and TV ratings).
With reservation, I checked the box. Then cast my vote. In the future I may join Dennis Dodd and Tony Barnhart of CBSSports.com, who renounced their ballots in the wake of the heavy-handed Heisman crackdown.
This was the last twist in one of the more eventful and odd Heisman campaigns in my 20-plus years as a voter.
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