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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Brown still undecided whether to vote in coaches' poll

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Texas coach Mack Brown still hasn't made up his mind whether he wants to vote again in the USA Today coaches' poll.

Brown said after last season he might drop out of the group of 61 coaches who cast weekly votes for the American Football Coaches Association. 

"I haven't been asked, and I haven't made a decision," Brown said on the Big 12 media teleconference. "I'm on the AFCA board of trustees, so since the American Football Coaches are the ones that support the USA Today coaches' poll, obviously I want to talk to coach Teaff (AFCA executive director Grant Teaff) and different people before I make a final decision."

Brown was a critic after several recent controversies, most notably when Oklahoma was boosted in front of Texas to compete in the Big 12 championship game despite the Longhorns defeating the Sooners earlier in the season.

But after the Longhorns lost to Texas Tech and the South Division finished in an unprecedented three-way tie, the final Bowl Championship Series standings were used with Oklahoma placing ahead of Texas in the final regular-season poll.

The Sooners then claimed their third straight Big 12 title after beating Missouri in the title game. They then lost to Florida in the BCS national championship game.

Texas finished third in the final USA Today coaches' poll and Oklahoma finished fifth.

The AFCA requires its poll to award its No. 1 vote to the winner of the BCS title game. Brown wanted to vote the Longhorns as the top team after his team beat Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.

The results made Brown question whether he wanted to participate in the poll again.  

"I just think we -- all of us in college football -- need to continue to look at what's best for trying to crown a champion. And I was concerned after some of the things I've seen for the last six years, and they popped up again last year," Brown said. "As a voter, I want to make sure I know all the rules, because I thought I did and I got confused a little bit last year on some things that popped up, and I want to make sure that I feel like that the system is such that I want to be part of it.

"And if it's not, it's no big deal to anybody other than to me and to the University of Texas. It's a decision I'll have to make based on where I feel like we're going."