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Meyer laments not talking to Congress

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."

INJURY UPDATE: Both running back DeShawn Wynn (shoulder) and receiver Percy Harvin (neck stinger) practiced Thursday and should 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."

USF: Boca Ciega back Bellamy commits

TAMPA - USF's recruiting push for help at running back has its first commitment, from right in the Bulls' back yard.

Josh Bellamy, a 6-foot, 183-pound senior from Boca Ciega, committed to coach Jim Leavitt during a home visit Thursday. Bellamy had been recruited by Florida, Iowa State, Indiana and others but wanted to stay close to his family.

"It's my home. I feel I should keep my talent right here," said Bellamy, who rushed for 966 yards and 11 touchdowns in eight games this season. "I had a feeling I was going there, but with Coach Leavitt coming by (Thursday), it sealed the deal."

Leavitt might not be done at Boca Ciega. Bellamy said junior quarterback Orhian Johnson and junior receiver Aaron Kincy would "most likely" join him at USF in 2008.

FSU: Honor for Davis

TALLAHASSEE - Senior linebacker Buster Davis was named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America team.

Times staff writers Greg Auman and Brian Landman contributed to this report.

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