Veteran sports journalist Joe Biddle will soon be offering his insights on the college football scene to readers of The Wilson Post.
Until recently a regular columnist with daily newspapers in Nashville since 1979, Biddle is the only Harris Interactive College Football Poll voter in the state of Tennessee. He is also the state chairman for the Heisman Trophy voting.
Main Street Media has given me a chance to return to my roots of writing for a locally owned newspaper that concentrates on local sports that larger papers are not equipped to provide on a regular basis, Biddle said.
While I search for a full time job, I have volunteered to write a column for The Wilson Post. It gives me a chance to keep my hand in writing.
For the past 13 years Biddle was a sports columnist for The Tennessean, producing a minimum for four columns a week and in football season writing six columns a week.
Biddle was selected Tennessee Sports Writer of the Year four times by the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters.
The Harris Poll is a weekly ranking of the top 25 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision college football teams.
The poll was created in the summer of 2005 to replace the AP Poll, when decided it no longer wanted to be a part of the formula used by the BCS rankings to determine who plays in the BCS National Championship Game.
Unlike the other two seasonal polls, the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll, the Harris Poll does not release a preseason poll; in fact, it does not come out until the last half of September, several weeks into the season.
The Harris Interactive Poll is composed of former players, coaches, administrators, and current and former media who submit votes for the top 25 teams each week. The panel has been designed to be a statistically valid representation of all 11 FBS Conferences and independent institutions.
Plans call for Biddle to be interviewed each week by staffers from this newspaper in regard to the reasoning behind his Harris Poll votes.
Biddle is a native of Johnson City and a veteran of the US Air Force. He is a 1971 graduate of East Tennessee State University and is a member of the schools Communications departments Hall of Fame. Joe and his wife Sharon have been married for 36 years.
Biddle personally witnessed Nashville emerge as a major metropolitan area that went from having no major professional sports to having two, the NFLs Tennessee Titans and the NHLs Nashville Predators.
By TOMMY BRYAN, The Wilson Post / firstname.lastname@example.org