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Texas AD on Mizzou: ‘Our bad years are better than their good years’

DeLoss Dodds AP

There are few programs in college athletics — if any at all — that have the resources to win quite like Texas does. So it’s understandably head-scratching that the Longhorns haven’t even shared a Big 12 title in football since the 2009-10 season that ended in a BCS championship appearance against Alabama.

Texas looks to be on the upswing after an Alamo Bowl win over Oregon State to finish 9-4. Speaking with the Austin-American Statesman — which is a well-done interview from Kirk Bohls UT athletic director DeLoss Dodds promised a return to more familiar territory with its athletics program — but not without doing so at the expense of Missouri.

“We’re going to have good years again,” Dodds told the paper. “Our bad years are not that bad. Take a school like Missouri. Our bad years are better than their good years. But we’ve created a standard.”

Traditonally, there’s probably merit to that statement, but it’s hard to agree as much in recent years, especially in football. Missouri won its final game against the Longhorns for the foreseeable future 17-5 in Columbia last season — and that was far from the Tigers’ best year.

We’d also be remiss if we didn’t bring up Oklahoma, Texas’ biggest rival and the program the Longhorns should be most concerned about beating year in and year out. Recently, the Sooners have owned Texas in football, winning by an average of 40 points the past two games. Meanwhile, Mizzou beat OU in 2010 36-27 and went on to a 10-3 season. UT went 5-7 that same year. So there’s at least an exception to Dodds’ statement.

But how important is the Red River game to Mack Brown‘s job security?

“Oh, we don’t think that way,” Dodds said.

Brown is 6-9 against OU in his 15 years in Austin. Not terrible, but obviously not where Texas wants to be. The good thing about Texas is that it has the capability to get back on top of the Big 12 quicker than most programs, and 2013 is a critical year for Brown and the Longhorns.

More often than not, Texas’ bad years may be better than Missouri’s good years, but that’s not the comparison anybody in Austin should want to make right now.

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30 Responses to “Texas AD on Mizzou: ‘Our bad years are better than their good years’”
  1. handsofsweed says: Feb 12, 2013 6:27 PM

    Shut the hell up, Texas.


    Everyone, Everywhere.

  2. barnesaintnoble says: Feb 12, 2013 6:48 PM

    You are a blue blood program in the most talent rich state in the country, and you are comparing yourself and your record to Missouri? This guy is a joke.

    I hope Texas fans and alumni rip back at this guy and make sure he’s not running their athletic department with this “pat myself on the back” mentality. Doesn’t seem to be working well for their basketball and football teams. Meanwhile, A&M might have just passed you. Baylor and TCU are just about even with what you’ve accomplished lately.

  3. tttrojan4life says: Feb 12, 2013 6:53 PM

    This is what happens when Hillbillies run big time athletic programs.

  4. saints97 says: Feb 12, 2013 7:23 PM

    Stay classy, Longwhorns.

  5. floridacock says: Feb 12, 2013 7:30 PM

    At least Mizzou has more class in their little fingers than those idiots at Texas. No wonder everyone outside of whatever town Texas is located hates their arrogant program. Decent coach, with his pick of the talent in that state, would not be losing.

  6. truetarheelfan says: Feb 12, 2013 7:40 PM

    Seems like mack brown is a decent coach he just allowed bad cordinators to stay way past their welcome. As for the ad I agree with a previous statement even in down yrs u dont see say fl fl state alabama or usc besting their chest and putting other schools down. Ridiculous

  7. truetarheelfan says: Feb 12, 2013 7:40 PM

    Simply ludicris

  8. missouriman4ever says: Feb 12, 2013 7:41 PM

    As a mizzou fan, my rebuttal to this is simple. Mizzou has made a habit of recruiting in Texas, so why lately have we been beating Texas is football and basketball?

    Over the long haul, yes, Texas has much more tradition and resources to help build a dominant program throughout. There’s no denying that. But Missouri was one of the most consistent members of the big 12 in terms of winning. Did we ever win the conference? No. Did we compete and even beat OU and UT from time to time? Yes. Hell we even had 10 win seasons strung together for multiple years.

    All of this proves Deloss Dodds has no idea what he’s talking about and is on his way to destroying the Big 12, which is sad to see, because I still root for the Big 12 to do well in all sports. (Except Kansas)

  9. timmons94 says: Feb 12, 2013 7:53 PM

    Mizzou man. Give me a break. Take the 3 or 4 cupcakes a year Pinkel beats and he is a .500 coach who can’t . Won’t and will never win anything. New coach in 2014. Mizzou is most overrated football program around. That said. Mack pinkel is an awful coach too. Mack and pinkel are one in the same. 2 bad coaches

  10. timmons94 says: Feb 12, 2013 7:54 PM

    And I like mizzou. But how in the world can they not figure out how awful pinkel is

  11. noring4youstill says: Feb 12, 2013 8:00 PM

    Guess he has nothing to say about A&M?

  12. missouriman4ever says: Feb 12, 2013 8:03 PM


    I agree Pinkel is a horrible coach and needs to go. As for the cupcakes, yes your exactly right. But Pinkel isn’t the only coach who collects his wins on cupcakes. Saban, Brown, Stoops, all coaches have cupcakes. I wish they couldn’t schedule them but it is the way it is. And mizzou is mostly overrated but we consistently won in the big 12 and produced NFL players the whole time. To me, that’s successful in football.

  13. Deb says: Feb 12, 2013 8:19 PM

    You’re only as good as your last win, Dodds, so Mizzou already has you one-upped. And how interesting that Missouri is the SEC school you choose to measure yourselves against. Standards? Yes … that speaks volumes about the Longhorns’ standards.

  14. goodfieldnohit says: Feb 12, 2013 8:36 PM

    DeLoss. Making the University of Texas more and more irrelevant every day.

  15. 13datsyuk13 says: Feb 12, 2013 8:44 PM

    It doesn’t matter what record Texas has. They create more revenue than anyone else in the country. The AD can say what he wants, Mack doesn’t have to beat Oklahoma, and they still have more money. From a fan standpoint it sucks but as long as the cash rolls in there won’t be any changes.

  16. drummerhoff says: Feb 12, 2013 8:55 PM

    ADs at schools with deep pockets but can only muster one national championship in 40 years should keep their gummy flaps shut.

  17. guinsrule says: Feb 12, 2013 9:06 PM

    Texas – Doing Less With More

  18. tmb333 says: Feb 12, 2013 9:06 PM

    Dodd sounds like a scorned b@tch.

  19. sallust99 says: Feb 12, 2013 9:06 PM

    Hey horns, guess what is coming October 12th? You guessed it – half a hundred again! Lets not forget the Sooners have owned the horns three of the last four decades. The horns are top even a top 15 program now or historically even. Big hat, big boots, no cattle! Facts are stubborn things.

  20. themagicfanguy says: Feb 12, 2013 9:17 PM

    @Barnesaintnoble Texas is the 2nd most talent-rich state, not the 1st.

  21. sportsbastard says: Feb 12, 2013 10:01 PM

    Drill Sgt. Hulka was correct Deloss, and especially in your case.

  22. mazblast says: Feb 12, 2013 10:04 PM

    The University of Texas is a great school, surprisingly solid academically given where it’s located. The school and its loving fans deserve better than a DeLoser like DeLoss Dodds.

    Someone really needs to tell this jerk that you don’t build your program by trying to tear someone else’s down.

  23. 410keith says: Feb 12, 2013 10:31 PM

    Texas sux!!!

  24. hor2012 says: Feb 12, 2013 11:47 PM

    I think you say things like that when you feeling the heat. Texas fans can’t be happy about what’s transpired that last couple of years. And, here’s another thought. I wonder if Texas is trying to angle for a slot in the SEC. That would be the only reason I could see that he’s ripping Missouri

  25. geraldthecat says: Feb 13, 2013 12:06 AM

    Does anyone remember the last time texas beat a top 15 team. Was it USC?

  26. v2the4 says: Feb 13, 2013 1:56 AM


    the last time Texas beat a top 15 team was when they defeated #12 Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl 31-27 in December.

    Mack Brown went 6-1 vs Missouri while they were both in the big 12, and UT went 7-2 overall vs MU. I dont know why DeLoss Dodds all of a sudden had Missouri in his thoughts, when a school just 90 miles east of Austin in College Station has major momentum right now….leave the Mizzou bashing to Kansas fans.

    sallust 99…as for you thinking OU has owned Texas in the three of the last four decades, thats not entirely true….Since 1980-2012, OU holds a 15-18-2 advantage, including winning the last three games in 2010,’11 and ’12.

  27. truetarheelfan says: Feb 13, 2013 8:52 AM

    Whoevee said tx is the second most talent rich state is absolutely………. right florida is the number one talent rich stste as far as football is co cernerned… thats a fact I know it stings but its true fl fl state and the u cant even keep all the talent there it always trickles out… there is just ro much to contain but thats another story for another day…. texas AD would u please SHUT THE HELL UP

  28. sallust99 says: Feb 13, 2013 9:30 AM


    We owned you in the 1970s, 1980s and 00s.

    Hence, three of the kast four decades.

    We had the three (3) worst coaches in school history in the 1990s (Gibbs, Schnelly, and Blake) so I concede the decade.

    But history is history and most of the Horns wins have come prior to the “modern era”.

    Did meantion you are 0 for 3 this decade?

    Facts are stubborn things. The horns rarely worry me. Rarely.

  29. normtide says: Feb 13, 2013 3:12 PM

    When did having the most money become more important to fans then winning?

  30. alligatorsnapper says: Feb 13, 2013 8:36 PM

    I can’t imagine LSU criticising or belittling Mississippi State or another team, trying to make ourselves look better. I can’t imagine Alabama criticising or belittling Florida to make themselves look better.

    Yes, we have rivalries, even bitter ones from time to time, but we don’t belittle other teams and schools, rivals or otherwise. Fans can get overzealous and some may be rabid, but our athletic directors and other administrators generally have more class and we hold them to a higher level than DeLoss.

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