Sport: An Unpopular Vote

The pollsters pass up Notre Dame

Southern Mississippi University was today declared the 1989 college football champion by a poll of writers for the Dissociated Press. The Golden Eagles, who compiled a poor 5-6 record, earned the title by defeating Florida State in their first game of the season. Florida State later beat Miami, which later beat Notre Dame, which on New Year's Day beat Colorado, the top-rated college team. "If the polls say we're No. 1," exulted a Southern Miss fan, "who's to complain?"

Well, Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz, for one. Even if, this year, the wire services actually named Miami, not Southern Mississippi, as...

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