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Tranghese recalled the 2000 national title game, when Florida State of the ACC played Oklahoma in the national championship game even though Miami, then a Big East member, had the same record as the Seminoles and won the head-to-head meeting. Washington, which defeated Miami, also had a strong case.
Swofford was in his first stint as BCS coordinator at the time.
"It was really close all year and really controversial. And John had a team in it," Tranghese said. "John sat there everyday and had to answer questions about the three (teams). But he had to juggle and be sure not to say too much that could be viewed as prejudicial.
"Your main job is to serve the issues of your conference."
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