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Saturday, August 8, 2009
Disappointment about last season finally behind Texas

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas coach Mack Brown has told his team to put aside lingering anger from last season's BCS controversy as it prepares for Sunday's opening practice of fall training camp.

The Longhorns were nosed out by Oklahoma for the Big 12 South championship, despite beating the Sooners during the regular season. The Sooners advanced to the Big 12 championship game on the fifth tiebreaker, defeating Missouri for their unprecedented third-straight Big 12 title.

Texas, instead, went to the Fiesta Bowl where they posted a 24-21 comeback victory over Ohio State and finished third in the final Associated Press poll. Oklahoma lost to Florida in the national championship game, 24-14, and placed fifth.

"I told our kids in the spring and I told them again tonight to forget the system ... forget any of it," Brown said. "They need to be the best team they can be. Let's enjoy being Texas and not sit around and answer questions and worry about the system all the time."

The Longhorns awarded themselves a mythical Big 12 conference championship -- with an asterisk -- that they briefly displayed on a wall of team honors at the Moncrief-Neuhaus Training Facility before taking it down several days later.

Brown was adamant his team needs to forget those bad feelings as it gets ready to challenge the Sooners for the South Division title.

"The Big 12's tiebreaker won't change, short term for sure, and the BCS won't change for at least a year," Brown said. "You've got what you've got so quit worrying about. You play the best you can play and we'll go wherever they tell us."