The Norman Transcript

April 7, 2009

No more asterisk for Longhorns

By John Shinn

Texas officials defused a controversy Monday with the decision to remove a display in its football facility that credited the program with a Big 12 Conference title � with an asterisk � from last season.

Oklahoma edged Texas for the south division crown last season, using the BCS standings as a tiebreaker. The Sooners then rolled through Missouri in the title game for a third straight conference crown and sixth in the last nine seasons.

Last year�s division title was technically shared by the Sooners, Longhorns and Texas Tech.

An uproar began after reporters spotted the display following Texas� spring game Saturday. Texas assistant athletic director for media relations John Bianco told media outlets Texas coach Mack Brown wasn�t aware of the Big 12 title listing and will have it fixed.

Monday, OU coach Bob Stoops said the controversy wasn�t a big deal to him.

�It doesn�t matter to me at all,� he said. �I know there isn�t one (an asterisk) on ours. I know where the trophy is.�