Shannon Ryan covers national college basketball for the Chicago Tribune. She also covers the Illinois Fighting Illini in both college football and hoops. Ryan also votes in the national poll each week. Pretty prestigious and exciting; so we had her join us for an interview.
PMB: How do you go about the process when you vote in the polls each week, i.e. how much attention to pay to the previous week’s polls, how much study do you put in before casting your ballot, how much do you value the input of other voters?
SR: Every week I do a top 25 college basketball poll for the Tribune. So obviously I have to pay very close attention to nearly every game in order to monitor teams and how they’re trending. I enjoy seeing the other polls for the fun of it, but I am only influenced by my own poll and how the teams played in the previous week.
PMB: Are you satisfied with how the system plays itself out on Selection Sunday? If not, what changes would you make toward the selection committee?...