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Meyer laments not talking to Congress
By IAN FISHER, Times Correspondent
Published December 1, 2006
GAINESVILLE - While Gators coach Urban Meyer hasn't been shy about his feelings on the Bowl Championship Series, he could have been heard in person by more influential people.
The U.S. Congress asked Meyer to speak about the BCS earlier this year, he said Thursday as his Gators prepared to face Arkansas in Saturday's SEC championship game.
"They wanted my opinion because I was a non-BCS coach that made it to the BCS and now I'm at a school like Florida," Meyer said.
"It was during recruiting and I couldn't go do it. Maybe I should go do those kinds of things because I think it's important when someone wants our opinion. You don't get asked your opinion very often, and I look back at that and I probably should've done that. But once again, my job is to recruit, not to do that other stuff."
Meyer also reiterated his belief that playoffs would be the ideal solution, but he knows that coming up with a feasible system would be tough.
"I don't think it's any more a question of whether it should happen. It should happen," Meyer said. "I think the question is whether it can be done. I think everybody is beyond whether it should. Common sense. I'd hate to be the BCS committee because, how'd you like to be given a job and being told that you really can never get it done right, but you can have this job. That's basically what they have, so all the best to them."
INJURY UPDATE: Both starting running back DeShawn Wynn (shoulder) and receiver Percy Harvin (neck stinger) practiced Thursday and should be able to play Saturday.
"DeShawn Wynn is a question of how much contact; we haven't hit him," Meyer said. "But Percy is 100 percent and ready to go."
FSU: Honor for Davis
Florida State senior linebacker Buster Davis, the team's top tackler, was named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America team.
Times staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report.