Texas coach Mack Brown made sure to state his case about the Longhorns’ worthiness for BCS inclusion after Thursday’s 49-9 rout of Texas A&M.
Texas (11-1, 7-1 in Big 12) is No. 2 in this week’s BCS standings, percentage points ahead of No. 3 Oklahoma (10-1, 6-1). Texas Tech (10-1, 6-1) is No. 7. If OU and Tech win their regular-season finales on Saturday, all three teams will finish in a three-way tie atop the South Division standings and the team that places highest in Sunday’s updated BCS standings will advance to the Big 12 Championship Game.
Below are some of Brown’s thoughts in the wake of Thursday’s victory:
On possibly remaining the top-rated Big 12 team in the BCS standings and earning a berth in the Big 12 title game:
“I feel like we deserve to go,” Brown said. “If that’s not good enough, then the system’s messed up.”
On not running up the score against A&M late in the game:
“That’s what we always do,” Brown said. “I can’t sit here and act like we really believe in sportsmanship and sit there and throw it every snap at the end. If the difference between 49-9 and 56-9 is going to make the difference in whether we go to Kansas City or not, then the system is more screwed up than I think it is. If it takes 56 points to get somebody to vote for you, then, folks, we’ve got a bad system.”
Overall thoughts on the evening:
“I’m proud of our guys, proud of tonight. Whether we get to play next week or not, I hope we do. But whether we do or not, I think we’ll end up in a BCS game somewhere and, hopefully, we’ll continue to play like we did tonight,” Brown said.
On whether he’ll directly lobby coaches poll voters in the coming days:
“No. They all saw it. Everybody saw the game. If they can’t see the game and decide what’s best, it doesn’t do any good for me to call them,” Brown said. “I really think it’s demeaning for me to have to call them when they all sat there and watched it. They’ll make their decision based on our body of work and we think our body of work is good enough.”
On this Texas team:
“They’re one play away from being No. 1 in the country and undefeated,” Brown said. “The last play of the game on the road … I really think this team is special.”
On QB Colt McCoy and his Heisman hopes:
“I felt like we made the statement that we needed to make, starting with Colt,” Brown said. “I thought he made a huge statement tonight. Because I do think he’s the best player. He’s the most valuable player on one of the best teams in the country. We would not be where we are without him.”
On future changes he’d like to see in the BCS system:
“What I’d like to see is to not send conference champions to the BCS unless they deserve to go,” Brown said. “Then, we’d at least have the eight best teams playing in the BCS. That’s be a place to start. If you’ve got a horrible conference one year and three really good teams in the Big 12 South, that’s not fair to those three teams. That’s what I see. It should be about the best teams. Right now, it’s about the conference champions. I’d like to see it about the best teams, if we’re not going to have a playoff. And then Tech doesn’t suffer. Oklahoma doesn’t suffer. Texas doesn’t suffer. Because you get rewarded for a great year.”
_ Jimmy Burch