Texas Coach Mack Brown learned Sunday that no two campaigns are alike. In 2004, his lobbying on behalf of Texas for a Rose Bowl berth may have helped swing enough votes away from California to deny the Golden Bears their first trip to Pasadena since 1959. Texas deprived Cal by claiming the coveted No. 4 spot in the Bowl Championship Series standings by a minuscule margin of .0129.
Cal lost points in the final coaches' and media polls after a 26-16 win at Southern Mississippi in which Coach Jeff Tedford ordered quarterback Aaron Rodgers to take a knee at the end rather than try to tack on another score. Cal still hasn't been to a Rose Bowl since 1959. Minutes after Sunday's release of the BCS standings, an e-mail hit my in-box that read, "I hope you remind readers that Texas, now crying foul, didn't seem to have a problem with the BCS when it jobbed Cal in the same fashion a few years ago. This Thanksgiving, Mack Brown is getting a karma cookie for dessert." The 1st Amendment thrives in Berkeley.