Sports fans mark your calendars for 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 22, for the next edition of the United States Sports Academy’s Sports Talk program.

 This week Sports Talk will discuss, “The Purpose of Pre-season and Early Season College Football Polls.” The panel will discuss the purpose of the first poll ranking the top 25 teams, which will be released by the College Football Playoff Committee on Tuesday, 28 October 2014. This poll will serve as an indicator of the teams that may be in contention for the four-team playoff.

To view the panel discussion live, visit the Academy’s Google Plus page at

Moderated by Dr. Arthur Ogden, Chair of Sports Management at the Academy, the program features commentary on a wide range of current events in the sporting world from a panel of experts from The Sports Academy.

Along with Dr. Ogden, the panel will include Dr. Stephen Butler, the Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Tim Foley, the Dean of Student Services, and Dr. Fred Cromartie, the Dean of Doctoral Studies.

The program will also be available for viewing afterwards at the USSA’s YouTube site at The USSA’s Sports Talk program features discussions on current sports topic each week by Academy faculty and staff.

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit