He's 79, gets around on artificial knees and hasn't stepped into a college football stadium since broadcasting the 2006 Bowl Championship Series title game between Texas and USC, but legendary announcer Keith Jackson has no shortage of opinions.
Jackson would not classify the Longhorns' 41-38 victory over the Trojans among the best games he had called during his career. There were too many mistakes, Jackson told the Desert Sun.
"Texas got a free touchdown from the officials when Vince [Young] had a knee down when he pitched it forward and they didn't call it.
"Then the replay dudes down the hall from us, we played back the thing 11 times. They said their TiVo thing wasn't plugged into the right hole and they didn't have the picture. My reaction to that was. 'Why the hell didn't you come down the hall and look at ours?' It was a major decision."
And what about USC?
"There were five plays that were critical plays in the ballgame where Reggie Bush wasn't in the game," Jackson said. "There were little things like that, in hindsight, in perspective of one of the great games, it might scar it a little bit. But for pure, true excitement, it was wonderful. And it goes with that old truth. You'll never know what a 19-year-old is going to do until he's done it."
When it comes to the BCS and the proposed plus-one model, here's what Jackson had to say:
"The BCS goes back to the alliance days which was a power grab and a money grab by certain conferences and it hasn't changed in its intent. To add another game, will it resolve controversy over who's who and what's what? I really truly doubt it. It might clarify it a little bit."
Thanks to College Football Resource.