As we continue our all-expansion, all-the-time coverage of the world of college football — personally, I’m just thankful the season doesn’t start in three weeks — the man who
some most all in College Station will solely blame for the latest round of conference apocalypse has poked his head through/above the smoke and spoken.
DeLoss Dodds, athletic director at Texas, has been relatively and eerily quiet, at least publicly, since rumors of Texas A&M’s departure from the Big 12 surfaced recently. Speaking to Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman, Dodds broke that silence and relayed what pretty much what everyone else with any lick of sense is thinking right now: his in-state rival has one foot out the door and is headed to the SEC.
Again, at least publicly, Dodds doesn’t or won’t begrudge A&M if or when they leave their current conference.
“They’ve got to do what’s best for them,” Dodds told Bohls. “We’re going to look at every option we’ve got, and we’re going to end up in a good place. That’s what we do. We’re good at that.”
(Writer’s note: Don’t be alarmed. That sound you just heard was merely every other member of the Big 12, both current and former, simultaneously gritting their teeth and swearing under their breath over those last two-and-a-half sentences.)
Dodds also doesn’t see the Aggies’ departure as a death knell for the Big 12, saying he would be comfortable with nine schools right now but his optimum number for the conference is 10 — and we’re assuming commissioner Dan Beebe would agree, although he’d likely agree if Dodds said he’d prefer 100 kajillion members.
Interestingly, though, Bohls left the following tweet out of his blog post on the talk with Dodds:
Texas AD DeLoss Dodds told me the UT staff “is working on 20 names” for possible replacements for Texas A&M.
Was Dodds referring to replacing A&M on future schedules? Or is Dodds referring to his UT staff working on a list of about 20 schools to possibly replace A&M as a conference member? If it’s the latter, there’s little left to the imagination as to why Nebraska and, probably, Texas A&M have shed their Big 12 robes for other conferences. And why the Aggies likely wouldn’t be the last.
Surely, though, Dodds is referring to the former scenario, right? Right???