The BCS title game is off. Just hours before kickoff, No. 2 ranked Texas has announced it will not play in the game in protest of the unfair BCS system.
"Even though we had a great shot at winning the game and being crowned national champion, it wasn't something we thought we could achieve with our dignity and self-respect intact," said head coach Mack Brown. "There is a right way and a wrong way to do things, and the BCS is the wrong way. How could we say we are educating young men, yet take advantage of a system like this?"
The decision by the team and the university was influenced by last year when a one-loss Texas squad was left out of the title game in place of a one-loss Florida team.
"We know what it's like to be on the other side," said Texas quarterback Colt McCoy. "And here Boise State is in the position we were last year. This is an easy decision. It's the right thing to do. I've always wanted to win a national title, but I don't want an asterisk beside it. I want to win with honor."
Texas has also announced it will forfeit the huge BCS payout it was set to receive.
"Could we use all that money? Sure," said Texas president William Powers, Jr. "But it's dirty money. I couldn't sleep at night knowing we took money from the BCS."
Alabama head coach Nick Saban says he respects the Longhorns' decision.
"Hey, good for those pussies. They knew they couldn't handle us on the field, so they're trying to make some bullshit statement about fairness," Saban laughed. "What does fairness have to do with sports? Give me that national championship trophy. And their BCS money, too. It's time Alabama gets a Nick Saban statue."