Georgia Tech

Bobby Ross to be selected to 18-member Legends Poll

The Legends Poll, a growing college football polling body consisting of former head coaches, is set to announce Wednesday the addition of its 18th voting member: former Georgia Tech head coach Bobby Ross.

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Photo courtesy Georgia Tech. Ross' 1990 Yellow Jackets were named co-national championship with Colorado.

A longtime college and NFL coach, Ross led the Yellow Jackets for five seasons between 1987-91. Under his tutelage in 1990, Georgia Tech claimed its most recent national championship when it tied for first nationally with Colorado in the final Coaches poll of the season.

"I'm honored to be a part of this, it really is special to me," Ross told The Telegraph on Tuesday afternoon. "It's a great selection of college coaches to be a part of."

Of those currently sitting on the voting committee, nine are national champions and 11 are in the college football Hall of Fame. The group includes the likes of former Georgia head coach Vince Dooley, former Auburn head coach Pat Dye, BYU's LaVell Edwards, Ohio State's John Cooper and Alabama's Gene Stallings, among others.

"(Ross) has been around for a long time; he's a really good coach," Legends Poll executive director Andy Curtin told The Telegraph on Tuesday.

In addition to his time with the Yellow Jackets, Ross spent five seasons each at The Citadel and at Maryland. While with the Terrapins, he led them to three ACC titles before coming to Atlanta and bringing parts of his now legendary staff along with him.

"The connections with all of our coaches goes way back," Curtin said. "There are people each of them coached with who are still in the game and who are still leading successful programs. If you look at Ross' Georgia Tech staff alone, you see where he had Ralph Freidgen and George O'Leary."

After Ross left Georgia Tech for the NFL following the 1991 season, O'Leary took over the Yellow Jackets in 1995, and Freidgen soon departed to coach at Maryland. Freidgen is still at Maryland, while O'Leary is now at Central Florida.

Created in 2005, the Legends Poll is not currently affiliated with the BCS -- the system that now selects college football's national champion at season's end -- but instead it works as an independent polling system throughout the year. According to those with the Poll, several former players and pundits like ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit laud the organization's efforts.

In hopes of coming up with a fairly accurate weekly poll, the coaches on the Legends Poll committee watch and attend games on Saturdays during the season, then, the following Mondays they discuss film of approximately 40 teams they are assigned to watch. Each coach can be assigned up to three teams to watch weekly film of during the season, giving them a chance to intimately understand the inner-workings of those particular programs.

According to Curtin, Ross likely will be assigned Georgia Tech, Maryland and Virginia Tech. He'll be given Virginia Tech in part because he once coached with Hokies head coach Frank Beamer.

"I'll see a lot more of them now," Ross said of the Yellow Jackets.

Since retiring in 2007 after a stint at Army, the 73-year-old Ross said he tries to see at least one Yellow Jackets game a year in person, regardless if it's on the road or at home.