by Jenni Carlson Modified: December 5, 2008 at 6:07 am •  Published: December 5, 2008
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photo - Texas’ Colt McCoy might be a more sympathetic candidate after the Longhorns didn’t get the chance to play in the Big 12 Championship. PHOTO By Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
Texas’ Colt McCoy might be a more sympathetic candidate after the Longhorns didn’t get the chance to play in the Big 12 Championship. PHOTO By Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman
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poll, he has just as many first-place votes as Bradford.

If McCoy gets a few sympathy votes, it could make the difference in the final outcome.

The Big 12’s BCS mess might not be the only factor in the Heisman voting either.

Vince Young finished well behind Reggie Bush in the Heisman voting three years ago. A couple weeks later, the Texas quarterback engineered one of the greatest championship game performances ever. He was better than the Southern Cal star. He was better than Trojan quarterback Matt Leinart, another former Heisman winner.

He had a night for the ages.

He didn’t have the Heisman.

Voters who think they erred by failing to vote for Vince then might be inclined to give McCoy the nod now.

But truth be told, human beings are shortsighted. What happened this week is more likely to be a factor than what happened in 2005.

And the verve doesn’t seem to be dying down, not when a plane circled the Longhorns’ stadium Thursday with a banner that told Texas coach Mack Brown in no uncertain terms to pipe down.

"The more people harp on Texas beating OU head-to-head, the more that helps McCoy,” Huston said. "It may or may not help his team get to the BCS title game, but it could produce the Heisman as a consolation.”

And that would be no consolation to anyone. Not Bradford. Not McCoy. Not even the college football world.

The Heisman should be awarded based on what players have done on the field. The ballot clearly states that it is given "to the most outstanding college football player in the United States for 2008.” There’s no mention of making a statement or righting perceived wrongs.

The Heisman Trophy should be a grand prize, not a consolation one.

Jenni Carlson: 475-3314. Jenni Carlson can be heard Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. on KEBC-AM 1340.


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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