The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
 
Oklahoma's Jason White Finishes Third In Heisman Voting, Awarded Trophy Anyway
Originally posted 12/15/2003

Oklahoma's Jason White receives his ill-gotten trophy
NEW YORK - Oklahoma quarterback Jason White was presented with the Heisman Trophy at New York's Downtown Athletic Club Saturday despite finishing third in the voting. Computer results pushed White over first-place vote-getter Larry Fitzgerald of Pittsburgh and Chris Perry of Michigan. The controversial decision only exacerbated debate about the way the award is given.

"This certainly shakes things up," said ESPN college football analyst Chris Fowler. "I'd be surprised if you see the computer ratings figure in as prominently in the future, since it seems like Larry Fitzgerald really got robbed here. And I really doubt the swimsuit portion of the Heisman competition back next year."

USC sophomore wide receiver Mike Williams, thought by many to be a strong contender for next year's Heisman Trophy, said that he hopes the system is fixed by then. "It seems like this system should work," Williams said, "but three out of the last six years it's been messed up. It's got to be fixed, otherwise people might start to think that college football is a huge, ridiculous joke. We certainly don't want anyone to think that."

"I'm thrilled to win this, needless to say," said White, who quarterbacked Oklahoma to a 35-7 loss in last Saturday's Big 12 championship game against Kansas State. "Hopefully, we can go out in the Sugar Bowl against LSU and prove that we deserve this. Although it really won't, even if we win."

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