Will Texas' coach Mack Brown break ranks?

By John Rohde Modified: January 7, 2009 at 7:34 am •  Published: January 7, 2009
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When Texas coach Mack Brown votes his team No. 1 in the final USA Today coaches poll, he will be breaking an agreement between the American Football Coaches Association and the Bowl Championship Series.

According to the agreement, the winner of the annual BCS national championship game automatically earns the No. 1 ranking.

"The (coaches’ poll) panel would then vote No. 2 through 25, so there actually is no vote for No. 1,” said Mel Pulliam, the AFCA’s director of marketing and development. "In other words, the coaches should not list a No. 1 on their final ballot.

"Occasionally, a coach will stray from what the agreement was. USA Today’s policy has been to accept that ballot. We talk about that every year, and we make sure coaches understand our relationship with the BCS. I’m sure it will be discussed in our Division I-A head coaches meetings coming up in Nashville (next week).”

The last time coaches strayed from the agreement was the 2003 season after LSU beat Oklahoma in the BCS title game and three coaches voted USC at No. 1.

After his team’s last-second victory over Ohio State in Monday night’s Fiesta Bowl, Brown said he would vote his team No. 1 on his final ballot, no matter what the outcome of Thursday night’s BCS national title game between No.