There has never been a Heisman Trophy selection quite like the one in 2021. The winner, a quarterback transferring from LSU, will be the first non-black player since 1998 to take home the trophy. This is not only unprecedented but also extremely controversial and many schools are not taking any chances. They refuse to allow their players and coaches to participate in this vote, with some even planning to boycott it altogether. What is going on, exactly? Why is this vote such a big deal? Let’s find out.
The History of the Heisman Trophy
The Heisman Trophy was created by John W. Heisman, who was a football player at the University of Pennsylvania and the team’s player-coach in 1895. The trophy itself is an award given annually to college football players for their performance on the field, which includes both individual and team-based categories. At first, it was just given to the best player in the country—as judged by his peers—but has been expanded over time to include multiple recipients. The Heisman Trophy Trust was founded in 1948, with an inductee guaranteed to be in the College Football Hall of Fame.
How Did this Substitute Heisman Vote Come to Exist?
In recent years, the trophy has been a rather controversial subject. Some consider it biased toward African-Americans and believe that it was created to give recognition to players who do not play on teams composed of the majority of races. Most schools have refused to allow their players or coaches to participate in the award ceremony, but some have yet to take either action or are simply taking no action at all.
The Controversy Surrounding the Substitute Heisman Vote
This substitute Heisman vote is not an actual award in and of itself, as it is not being given to a former player or anything of that matter. Instead, it is simply for choosing who should participate in the 2021 award ceremony on December 20, 2021. It will be held at the Downtown Athletic Club (DAC) in New York City, NY. This was announced by AAC President John Jones III on Tuesday, June 5th, and will be broadcasted by ESPN. The main goal of this vote is to recognize those African-American players that have consistently been snubbed over the past few years despite having outstanding seasons year after year.
The History of the Heisman Trophy
The committee that will vote on this award includes former Heisman winners (Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey) as well as current players at Clemson, Ole Miss, and LSU. Some feel that the committee is biased toward the African-American players. The committee members have been asked not to disclose their votes, but they plan to post them in the middle of June. This is because they want to see what kind of responses there would be once their votes are revealed.
Many schools have pledged not to allow their athletes or coaches to participate in this vote, with some even planning to boycott it altogether. Notable schools include Auburn, Alabama, and Ohio State. Some schools have not made any announcement as of yet and are still deciding on what they are going to do, which includes Notre Dame, South Carolina, and Oregon. There is a chance that other schools will join the boycott, or even start one of their own. This is because coaches and athletic directors find it unacceptable for a vote like this to be held without the sport’s rules being followed the way that they were supposed to be.
Who is Winning This Substitute Heisman Vote?
The 2019 Heisman Trophy winner is still unknown, but it will most likely be decided by the results of this vote. It is important to note that, even though the trophy winner will be announced on December 20, 2021, a winner will not be announced until October. This is because certain rules have to be fulfilled before a winner can be named. The rules need to follow the FBS calendar and the college football season has to finish by October 2nd. Even though the vote has already started, it will still take several weeks before the final results are revealed.
What Happened in 2018?
It was reported that there was large-scale voter fraud in 2018’s substitute Heisman vote. Several people have come forward stating that they have evidence proving this claim and have shown proof of their claims on social media. Many people have expressed their outrage on Twitter and other social media platforms as well.
The votes that were cast and counted include players from Clemson, Alabama, LSU, Alabama, Ohio State, and Georgia. The committee from the substitute Heisman vote also included former Heisman winner Johnny Lattner. Two players, in particular, were controversial picks for the substitute Heisman vote for 2018 – Justin Fields of Georgia and Trevor Lawrence (No. 1 player in the 2019 class). Both of these players are freshman quarterbacks that came in during their first collegiate games at Georgia. One of these players won the award but it was not either one of these two names that were called. Instead, it was Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence who claimed this honor in 2018.
Who Will Win the 2019 Substitute Heisman Vote?
The results of this vote will be released by ESPN on June 5th at 11:00 AM ET. The winner will most likely be announced during or sometime between October and December as per the rules related to this award. This announcement will most likely happen after the final game of the college football season has been played on October 2nd. The winner of this award typically gets to participate in a ceremony (usually held in New York City) where he or she is given a trophy and recognition for their accomplishments. The 2019 winner will most likely win over 6,000 votes, which is a record that has never been broken before.
The rules for this vote are quite simple and simple. The main rule is that the awards will be given to the best players in each division of college football and not just one award. While this may seem a little strange at first, it makes a lot of sense when you think about it. People who know a lot about the game of football will realize that there are several divisions within college football as opposed to just one division such as Division I-A (FBS), Division I-AA (non-scholarship), Division I-AAA (non-scholarship), and soon.