HOUSTON (AP) -Texas coach Mack Brown was upset when he saw Utah coach Kyle Whittingham's vote and realized he could have voted his team first in the coaches' poll.
Brown vowed to vote his Longhorns first after their 24-21 win over Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, but when the poll came out, Texas didn't have a first-place vote.
``I read something that said your vote didn't count if you voted for No. 1 because No. 1 already was taken,'' Brown said Thursday.
Brown spoke before an event to honor him as one of eight finalists for the Paul ``Bear'' Bryant college coach of the year award.
The American Football Coaches Association agreed to have all its voters place the winner of the BCS national championship game first on their ballots. However, it wasn't said that going against the agreement would result in a vote not being counted.
``I didn't want to hurt our team by voting us No. 1 and it not counting,'' Brown said. ``So I guess I misunderstood.''
lifornia in the coaches' poll and fourth in The Associated Press poll with Florida, Utah and USC taking the top three spots.
Whittingham, who led his team to a 13-0 record, was the only coach who didn't place Florida at No. 1.
The Longhorns thought they had a claim to the national title after finishing the season 12-1. Texas gave Oklahoma its only regular season and the Longhorn's only defeat came in a 39-33 loss to Texas Tech.

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