OK We’re Going to Have a Problem Here

Hey Mack Brown? You’re dead to me. You know what Kurt Vonnegut used to say about asterisks, don’t you?

From The Oklahoman:

Texas claims Big 12 championship with an *

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By Jake Trotter

Published: April 5, 2009

Prominently displayed on a wall inside Texas’ Moncrief-Neuhaus training facility is a list of the Longhorns’ Big 12 and South Division championships.

According to the Austin American-Statesman, the Longhorns have included 2008 among their Big 12 championships — with an asterisk.

Last season, OU edged out Texas and Texas Tech for the South title in a three-way tie determined by the BCS Standings, despite a fervent protest from Texas coach Mack Brown and Longhorn fans.

The Longhorns claimed that because they defeated OU head-to-head, they deserved to go to the Big 12 title game — despite the fact they also lost to Texas Tech, which created the three-way tie.

On the last week of the regular season, Texas fans even paid for a flyover in Stillwater before the Bedlam game to remind voters of Texas’ 45-35 win over OU in the Cotton Bowl.

Nevertheless, the Sooners went on to beat Missouri in Kansas City, Mo., to win their unprecedented third-consecutive Big 12 championship.

Apparently, that victory is still not being acknowledged in Austin.

Said one school official to the Statesman, “We beat both teams (OU and North Division winner Missouri). I thought that (championship game in Kansas City) was for the runner-up spot.”

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