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Glitch allows Boise State President Bob Kustra to attack BCS

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Boise State President Bob Kustra is taking another swing at the Bowl Championship Series, this time condemning the system that determines the national championship and other postseason games for being allowed to operate under a shroud of secrecy.

Kustra dashed off an e-mail to fellow university presidents and conference commissioners Tuesday, one day after analysts discovered an error in the final BCS rankings. The glitch caused BCS officials to revise the computer rankings, moving Boise State up one spot to No. 10 and dropping LSU to No. 11.

The adjustment didn't have any impact on the Broncos' postseason date in the MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas with No. 20 Utah. But it gave Kustra, a vocal and persistent BCS critic, an opportunity to blast officials from the BCS and the NCAA for the system's lack of public accountability.

"How many times have we heard calls for transparency on our campuses and how many times have we shared our governance and communicated with our faculties and other constituencies in transparent fashion," Kustra wrote in an e-mail obtained by The Associated Press. "Yet, in intercollegiate athletics, with the NCAA standing silently on the sidelines, we allow the BCS to work its magic with no idea of how accurate its rankings are on a week to week basis."

The discrepancy was discovered by Jerry Palm, who runs the websites www.collegebcs.com and www.collegerpi.com, in the Colley Matrix computer ratings, one of six used by the BCS.

Wesley Colley said Palm, who verifies the Colley Matrix ratings, noticed the results of an FCS playoff game involving Appalachian State and Western Illinois had not been included in the data base used to generate the ratings.

BCS executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement that he was "deeply disturbed" when he learned of the mistake.

"This error should not have happened and is unacceptable. The final standings have been corrected. Fortunately, it had no effect on any team's eligibility for the BCS games.

WANNSTEDT RESIGNS: Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt is being forced out of the job he always wanted, and the one he never truly wanted to leave.

Wannstedt resigned under pressure Tuesday, three days after Pittsburgh finished up a disappointing 7-5 season by beating Cincinnati 28-10.

The former Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins coach will remain as a special assistant to athletic director Steve Pederson.

Pitt apparently chose to change coaches now, rather than after playing Kentucky in the Jan. 8 Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., because most top candidates would not be available then, and national signing day would be less than a month away.

It was immediately evident that Wannstedt didn't voluntarily choose to leave. A number of Pitt players, not invited to the news conference, gathered around him to show support.

MILLER NAMED TOP LB: Texas A&M's Von Miller has won the Butkus Award as college football's best linebacker.

The senior was surprised on campus by the award's namesake. He beat out Luke Kuechly of Boston College in voting by journalists, coaches, scouts and recruiters.

INDIANA GIVES COACH 7-YEAR DEAL: The Indiana Hoosiers have given new football coach Kevin Wilson a seven-year contract worth $1.2 million per year.