It wasn't long after Miami's 37-14 national-title victory over Nebraska in Thursday's Rose Bowl that Hurricane quarterback Ken Dorsey ended speculation, announcing he would return for his senior season next fall.
Not to be outdone, Miami Coach Larry Coker also wanted to make something perfectly clear.
"I'm definitely coming back next year," he joked.
So too, is the bowl championship series.
Despite the controversy that hounded the title-game selection process, the BCS standings will no doubt return in 2002, with some alterations.
Since being implemented in 1998, the BCS has actually produced an undisputed champion all four seasons: Tennessee, Florida State, Oklahoma and Miami.
Not that there haven't been close calls. A season ago, Miami missed out of the BCS title game by 0.32 in the standings and ended up in the Sugar Bowl, where it defeated Florida. Had Florida State beaten Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, Miami would probably have won the Associated Press title.
Same story this time. Had Nebraska defeated Miami, Oregon would probably have won the AP crown and left college football with split champions.
Yet, the BCS dodged bullets both years when Oklahoma and Miami won the BCS title game outright.
The only controversy this year is over Oregon, which finished second in both polls but fourth in the BCS standings. Oregon, a 38-16 winner over Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl, believes it should have played Miami in the Rose Bowl.
In news, after Florida State edged out Miami for the second BCS spot, even though Miami had beaten Florida State on the field, the BCS changed its system, awarding points for head-to-head wins and diminishing the margin-of-victory component.
It was the quality-win component that nearly allowed two-loss Colorado to overtake one-loss Nebraska for the BCS' No. 2 spot this year.
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