Weber State’s Rahe now voting in coaches’ Top 25 poll

With the sudden resignation of longtime Northern Arizona coach Mike Adras, Weber State coach Randy Rahe became the Big Sky Conference’s voter in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ poll.

The 31 voters in the poll, all Division I head coaches and members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, select the top 25 teams in the country each week.

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One Response to Weber State’s Rahe now voting in coaches’ Top 25 poll

  1. Bob Becker says:

    Interesting proposal which would, if successful, retain the “social safety net” aspects of the SS system, while also creating incentives for people to invest some SS contributions in [potentially] higher paying funds.

    The problems with the plan are political and ethical. Political: It would require of a majority of the members of the House and Senate that they be able to look well beyond the next election cycle when making decisions. The Congress [both Houses] have not of late shown an ability to do this. Ethical: the selection of the funds made available to people to accept a portion of their SS contributions would have to be entirely insulated from Congressional [lobbyists] interference. Congress has, again, shown nothing to indicate it is capable of such restraint, and much to indicate that it is incapable. [Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac messes, and many other examples of regulatory legislation affected by, and often crippled by, lobbyists' interference via their financial donations to Congressmen and Senators. I can imagine the megabucks at stake if a fund is chosen for the SS short list or it is not, and so it's also easy to imaging the megabucks that will flow to this Congressman's coffers, or that one's, to affect the selection. [Can you imagine the likes of Newt Gingrich, as Speaker, sitting on the "impartial bi-partisan selection committee"?] Or simply to expand the list from say half a dozen, to a dozen, to fifty to…. all in the name of “Giving Americans a choice!]”

    So while the plan seems to be reasonable attempt at a worthwhile reform of the SS system that will benefit both recipients and the nation, the political and ethical problems are likely to be too difficult to overcome.

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