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Another day, another DeLoss denial… and more UT-to-Big Ten rumors

Over the weekend, and speaking to the Daily Oklahoman‘s Barry Tramel regarding the UT-to Big Ten rumors, Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds had the following to say about the Big 12 in general:

“It’s been good to us and for us. … I don’t think we need 100 years of tradition to have a great thing.”

Speaking to the Associated Press earlier on Wednesday, the very same DeLoss Dodds had the following to say about the Big 12:

“I think it’s been a great conference for us and we’ve been good for the conference. … All the sports have been good to us. … It’s been good for us. … You don’t have to be 100 years old to be good.”

(I’m sensing a pattern here…)

And, as he did over the weekend, Dodds stated that neither he nor his school has undertaken any conversations with the Big Ten.

Those assertions, though, fly in the face of other reports, including one from the Seattle Times this past weekend.  

Washington athletic director Scott Woodward told the Times that he’s “sure those conversations have taken place and are taking place” between not only the Big Ten and Texas, but with the Pac-10 as well.  Oh, and he asserted that Texas A&M was involved too.

So, after these latest round of reports, it’s patently obvious that Texas will remain with the Big 12.  Or they won’t.  One of the two.

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  1. burntorangehorn says: Feb 25, 2010 8:24 AM

    Although I’d love to have some Texas games closer to the east coast here, I don’t think the potential move to the Big Ten would make nearly as much sense as is reported. Leaving a Texas-centric league is something UT might have to do, but should only be done out of necessity–that is, if the Big 12 appears inviable over the long term. If UT thinks CU (Denver market) and/or Mizzou (St. Louis, part of KC, etc.) will leave, then it becomes a matter of not being left holding a very undesirable bag. I hate the Big 12 because of the Stoops scum that fills its coaching ranks, but it’d be better than the Big Ten for UT sports and fans. And if UT were to leave the Big 12 for another conference, I’d rather they go independent or to the Pac 10 than join the Big Ten.

  2. KingGator13 says: Feb 25, 2010 10:03 AM

    They are so going to the “New Big Ten”, umm Eleven, I mean Big 12..hmm .. must think of new conference name – Overrated 11 + Texas has a nice ring to it.

  3. xacvol says: Feb 25, 2010 10:26 AM

    @KG13
    Bout fell out of my chair, pretty funny for a Gator!

  4. BrownsTown says: Feb 25, 2010 12:54 PM

    KingGator13,
    I think the goal is to put all of the non-SEC big-name schools into one conference. That way UF could simplify their OOC scheduling formula by avoiding that entire conference rather than the current, patchwork system of avoidance.

  5. JP says: Feb 25, 2010 2:08 PM

    Curious…for those who think the Pac-10 is better for Texas than the Big 10 (if they move at all, which I still think is highly unlikely)…why?
    Other than USC, what does the Pac-10 have to offer for Texas football? Whether in competition, fans, etc?
    Look at it this way: roughly every other year, you folks at Texas stadium could either hosting some of the iconic programs in college football: Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State. Or, you could be hosting USC (clearly iconic as well) and…who else? Oregon (really?) Arizona State? (Huh?) Cal? (Please.) Stanford? (You can’t be serious).
    I just don’t see how there is even any comparison. The only possibly way Pac-10 makes more sense is if you are really afraid that your boys from Texas can’t play in the snow and cold that they would face in the latter parts of the season facing Big 10 teams. Which is perhaps a legit concern…even at the NFL levels southern teams tend to really struggle when facing weather that isn’t 80 degrees and sunny. But if it’s not concern about the weather, I just don’t see what the Pac-10 offers.

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