Nebraska's Bo Pelini had a few minutes to cool off when he appeared at the news conference after Saturday night's loss to Texas in the Big 12 championship game, but it was obvious that he was still steamed about the officials' decision to put one second back on the clock, which allowed the Longhorns to kick the winning field goal.
Moments earlier, Pelini and his brother, defensive coordinator Carl Pelini, each had an outburst in the tunnel leading to the Cornhusker locker room. According to Dirk Chatelain of the Omaha World-Herald, Carl twice turned and screamed back toward the field, "You should be ashamed to accept that trophy!"
Bo was looking for Nebraska assistant athletic director Marc Boehm as he neared the locker room door.
"Marc, I want to see [Big 12 head of officiating] Walt Anderson in there right [expletive] now!" Pelini shouted.
"BCS!" Pelini said as he entered the locker room. "That's why they make that call!"
Does anybody care? Texas didn't have a clue at the end of Saturday's Big 12 title game against Nebraska. The Longhorns, who still had a timeout in hand, were walking around without purpose as time ticked off the clock and nearly lost the game.
While officials were sorting it out, Pete Thamel of the New York Times wrote on his Twitter page: "If there's no time left. This would be the biggest coaching blunder in college football history."
Nonetheless, the clueless Mack Brown is taking his Longhorns to the BCS title game. This is the second-best team in the land? Unreal.
Next to unbelievable was Lisa Salters' postgame interview with Brown.
The college football world was waiting for the questions: Coach, can you explain the clock mismanagement at the end? Were you saving that timeout for the BCS title game?
Spring is inching its way across the country, but any hopes of a thaw in the chilly relations between Oklahoma and Texas have been dashed for another year.
The latest round of hay-makers between the rivals started innocently enough with a jab. Reporters who entered the Longhorns' training facility after Sunday's spring scrimmage noted a "2008" with an asterisk under Big 12 titles won by Texas. This sent the blogosphere into a tizzy and within 24 hours, Texas' Mack Brown said it was all a big misunderstanding and that the "2008*" would be removed.
Fair enough, but then Texas officials piled on by agreeing to give 12 assistant coaches and support staffers bonuses as if the Longhorns had won the title.
Oklahoma's Bob Stoops, above, answered by saying, "It doesn’t matter to me at all. I know there isn't one [an asterisk] on ours. I know where the trophy is."
There is a new addition to a wall inside Texas' Moncrief-Neuhaus training facility. Note the "2008" that is included among the Big 12 titles won by the Longhorns. It comes with an asterisk. Why? The asterisk notes that Texas beat the teams that actually played for the Big 12 championship, Oklahoma and Missouri, in the regular season, according to Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News.
Texas shared the Big 12 South title with Oklahoma and Texas Tech but was nosed out by the Sooners in representing the South in the title game because of the league's controversial Bowl Championship Series tiebreaker. Oklahoma then won the Big 12 title with a victory over North champion Missouri.
None of this was good enough for Texas, which is still making a claim for the title.
Tim Griffin of ESPN.com notes on his blog that the image was taken by Suzanne Halliburton the Austin American-Statesman with her cell phone camera. Thanks to reader Troy for his help.