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Report: Texas officials paranoid of Texas A&M’s success

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When Texas A&M left Texas and the Big 12 for the SEC, few expected the Aggies to get the upper hand in the terminated relationship so soon. But Texas A&M made an instant impact in the powerful SEC and saw Johnny Manziel spring to a Heisman Trophy as the Aggies elevated up the ranks of college football powers. At the same time Texas has failed to be a top contender in the Big 12 and braces for what could be another ugly Red River Rivalry if they are not careful against Oklahoma. On Texas A&M’s way up that ladder of college football superiority, they may have passed the Longhorns. At least, that is the concern of some officials representing the University of Texas.

According to a report by Dallas Morning News, the recent success enjoyed by Texas A&M since moving to the SEC has high-ranking members paranoid.

“What they are concerned about is not just a football season or a football team,” the source said to Dallas Morning News. “What they’re concerned about is that we’re going to lose this kind-of war to A&M. They are really paranoid about A&M.”

As the report suggests, this goes beyond the football field. Texas A&M has reported a record enrollment that has certainly caught the eyes in Austin. The Aggies are also planning on renovations to Kyle Field that will increase the total capacity, and thus add to the Texas A&M coffers through ticket sales, concessions, advertising revenue and more. things are going well at Texas A&M and it has Texas genuinely concerned about the future and direction of their own program.

Of course, Texas is still well off when it comes to finances. That is not likely to change any time soon, but as Texas A&M continues to grow and thrive, it could start cutting in to the funds usually expected to be addressed for the Longhorns. Having the right leadership in place at Texas will be the focus, but any candidate for the job of athletics director will likely have to be counted on to unveil any plans to get Texas football back on top of the Big 12 and contending on a national stage moving in to the College Football Playoff.

Texas A&M  has caught the eyes of Texas, and they captured it through success in football first. If Texas is going to ease the paranoia among university leaders, and donors, then it must strike back through football.

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  1. be4bama says: Oct 11, 2013 9:16 PM

    I bet tgaustin’s head is spinning.

  2. floridacock says: Oct 11, 2013 9:26 PM

    A&M. like Clemson, better make do this year because things going be WAY different next year going forward.

  3. bender4700 says: Oct 11, 2013 9:48 PM

    Texas is paranoid people will figure out they aren’t the powerhouse they think they are.

    Money don’t mean anything if you don’t win.

    We all know Iowa State beat Texas. Just because the refs are protecting the Longhorns doesn’t mean we didn’t all see Texas fumble.

  4. cometkazie says: Oct 11, 2013 9:50 PM

    Texans are naturally paranoid.

  5. psly2124 says: Oct 11, 2013 10:02 PM

    The reason the enrollment is down at UT is its the most liberal university in Texas. Liberal policies at the university have lead to the downfall. While A & M is the most conservative in the state and they are thriving. Simple

  6. nawlinsmitty says: Oct 11, 2013 10:17 PM

    psly2124…….how sad that everything is politics for you. You are probably an angry and unhappy person.

  7. afrancis55 says: Oct 11, 2013 10:37 PM

    Is anyone else enjoying this circus otherwise known as the Texas Longhorns football program as much as I am?

  8. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 11, 2013 10:58 PM

    The article only affirms what the rest of the nation already knows. Texas has always been for Texas and Texas only. Texas A&M is one of the few schools that can can stand toe to toe with Texas. That was great when Texas and A&M were in the old SWC and the Big 12.

    When A&M left, Texas doesn’t have a say in A&M athletics from a conference level.
    As a direct result, Texas is now in a “regional” conference with two dominant schools and the rest along for the ride. The further A&M gets away from Texas, the more power A&M gains, both political and economically.

    A&M has grown beyond Texas. They have replaced Texas with LSU on Thanksgiving to compete directly against Texas and who ever they decide to play.

    A&M made a great decision along with Missouri in joining the SEC, Nebraska to the Big 10, and Colorado to the PAC-12…. and Texas still thinks that those schools
    were wrong?


  9. ningenito78 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:04 PM

    I don’t know how many Texas and A&M fans read this site but I’m looking forward to what this comment section may turn into. Being from Jersey I picture a bunch of people in cowboy hats and entirely too tight jeans getting ready for a shoot out on some dirt road somewhere yelling ‘YEEEE HAWWW!!’ and waving the two school flags. Ignorance? Maybe. But it’s my imagination and you can’t change that. I’m sure everybody’s opinion of Jersey is flattering so I don’t feel bad.

  10. barkleyblows says: Oct 11, 2013 11:20 PM

    Yeah, Jersey is the armpit of the United States.

  11. psly2124 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:41 PM

    Well nawlinsmitty you don’t know about either school. Texas gives academic scholarships to 1000’s of students who don’t deserve it. All for diversity. Because of that they have a tuition, double of A &M.

  12. mikemiller007 says: Oct 11, 2013 11:45 PM

    I only wish A&M had split when Colorado and Nebraska did. It won’t be long before Oklahoma wises up and heads for the SEC too. UT is not the big bully they used to be and other schools are catching on to that. I’m loving the fact that Texas is suffering … it serves the arrogant bas tards right.

  13. thisbabelovesfootball says: Oct 12, 2013 12:27 AM

    When A & M wins a national championship like Texas has done so many times, then you can say that the Aggies are on top. Otherwise, same ole story, just a difference conference. Hook ’em horns’

  14. gilmorelogic says: Oct 12, 2013 12:36 AM

    Not once in this article did I see the name of the coach at A@M. It’s Kevin Sumlin . Mack Brown is toast as coach, I hope he does well as A.D. To UT I say get your act together.

  15. normtide says: Oct 12, 2013 2:39 AM

    Texas should playA&M again. They are seen as afraid.

    The goal of a program is not to make the most money, it’s about wins.

  16. greywolfdk says: Oct 12, 2013 5:11 AM

    As the Games the big whatever has played. Only a few schools have shined
    . But they falter in games outside their talent range. Kids do not sure ant to be seen on local TV ” ut channel “, they hunger to be seen NATIONALLY. Ut liberals failed to recognize this, and ranks just below al jazera TV. They are now losing the money at a staggering rate.

    Ut relied on keeping teams in check, while profiting personally. This started failing after NU, CU, TAMU, and MU all left. Kids seen through the lies UT was telling. They went elsewhere, along with the money.

    Big 12 should be renamed Cupcake 12, and all the fault lies inside Austin. They tryed to bully and decieve others like Obama. They are now reaping what they sowed.

    To ningnito78: we only do that on the way to LA Grange.. LoL

  17. greywolfdk says: Oct 12, 2013 5:25 AM

    @ thisbabelovesfootball, A & M has won 3 football National Championships. Where ut has won 4, so YES the Aggies are on top. Yet another attempt at false hoods by a ut fan. Keep your head in the sand. Blinders on. And soon Sam Houston State will be ut’s in conference rival. Or may be Prairie View A & M..

    Better yet A &M Consolidated. For people outside Texas. The afore mentioned is a High School.

  18. greywolfdk says: Oct 12, 2013 5:32 AM

    Reblogged this on greywolfdk's Blog.

  19. jgintx says: Oct 12, 2013 5:39 AM

    Anyone who has spent a week in College Station knows that Austin and UT have nothing to fear!

  20. rockgate says: Oct 12, 2013 6:04 AM

    greywolfdk says: A & M has won 3 football National Championships. Where ut has won 4, so YES the Aggies are on top.

    LOL!! Really, that’s just too funny …

    As far as the article….uh, ok.

  21. bgkytiger says: Oct 12, 2013 7:19 AM

    Well Texas, you got what you wanted. You blamed ATM, Nebraska, Colorado, and Mizzou for leaving.

    Your officials took a completely rotten attitude toward A&M and turned your nose up in the air. It’s only fitting that within one year’s time, Little Brother has the entire country’s attention playing bama on cbs while ole miss is stomping a mud hole in you on your beloved Longhorn network.

    Now Sumlin is the belle of the ball and Brown is a wallflower at best, but probably more like the 45 year old stripper.

    The other universities know it was Dodds who upset the stability of the Big 12 by exploring leaving and/or going independent in…2009! Then Dodds blames the other schools for not wanting to subject themselves to the whims of a bunch of megalomaniacs in Austin!

    Colorado, Nebraska, as a Mizzou alum and can, I genuinely hope we get to play again someday, Kansas as well. However, Texas is going to alter their practices or they wont’ just be equal…they will be behind

    So long Barnes, Brown, and best of all, the guy whom the university should have kindly out him to pasture, Dodds.

    Have fun playing Rice on your Network while the kids down the road are getting real media exposure.

  22. rabbi187 says: Oct 12, 2013 9:08 AM

    Texas should be worried about their own programs, not A&Ms. Besides, once Manziel leaves, they will fall back to irrelevancy…

  23. goodfieldnohit says: Oct 12, 2013 9:36 AM

    Hey rabbii, you do know that A&M has a national top 10 QB biding his time on the bench right now, and the nations #1 high school QB has already committed to A&M for next year, right?

    You might want to rethink your ignorant statement.

  24. drummerhoff says: Oct 12, 2013 10:01 AM

    Btw, there are two other Texas schools currently undefeated … And one of them turned the corner for long term success. Texas and Texas AM are going to have a Baylor problem for the next 10 plus years.
    Briles has it going on … Plug and play with skill had arrived and now linemen on both sides. Hello? Does any see this coming? Baylor is frighteningly good and will be for years to come.

  25. thegamecocker says: Oct 12, 2013 10:18 AM

    Maybe it’s time to huddle with Commissioner Mike Slive and join the SEC. Stranger things have happened. That move would solidify even
    Further the dominance of the SEC. More money and the raider of the Great State of Texas watching SEC football. Oklahoma and OK State would have to find another conference along with the other schools.

  26. be4bama says: Oct 12, 2013 10:31 AM

    Texas is like drugs, game cocker!!! Just say NO!!

  27. dhardy8207 says: Oct 12, 2013 10:36 AM

    rabbi187 says;

    “Texas should be worried about their own programs, not A&Ms. Besides, once Manziel leaves, they will fall back to irrelevancy”


    The move by A&M to the SEC has helped their recruiting because in the past the selfishness of UT and their dominance of the LHN left A&M picking up their crumbs, not so anymore.

    Also Manziel’s success has cast a spotlight on A&M and thrown them on a national stage. Bringing in better and more variety in recruiting will be easier now that their out of UT’s stepbrother shadow…

  28. goodfieldnohit says: Oct 12, 2013 10:41 AM

    January 2008 – Texas A&M is delusional. They will never be invited to join the SEC. -everyone

    July 2012 – “A&M has but a sliver in the state of Texas” – DeLoss Dodds

    August 2012 – Texas A&M has bitten off more than they can chew. They will never be able to compete in the SEC. – everyone

    September 2012 – “We are the Joneses” – DeLoss Dodds

    October 20012 – Texas A&M has zero chance to beat Alabama – everyone

    January 2013 – Texas A&M will get stomped by OU in the Cotton Bowl – everyone

    October 2013 – Texas A&M had better enjoy life now, because they will surely suck once Manziel leaves. – rabbii

  29. tgaustin says: Oct 12, 2013 12:30 PM

    December 10th 2011…

    Sumlin is the same coach as Sherman…same swiss cheese…as an alum this hire sucks…an on and and onabout how bad a hire Sumlin is

    Yours truly,



  30. fukdaeagles says: Oct 12, 2013 12:35 PM

    maybe Olly Luck can turn things around for them…he can make them some good financial decisions, I just hope his hiring skills improve

  31. ningenito78 says: Oct 12, 2013 12:45 PM

    Jersey is only the armpit of the country because of all the fist pumping.

  32. ningenito78 says: Oct 12, 2013 12:48 PM

    And if you want to be technical Massachusetts is the ‘arm pit’.

  33. mike5011ad says: Oct 12, 2013 12:54 PM

    The real salt in the wounds isn’t Texas A&M’s success, but rather Baylor’s succes right up the road. Texas has every advantage over Baylor: a larger recruiting budget, superior facilities, a much nicer surrounding area. Baylor, however, has brought in great coaches and players and has had unprecedented success. Art Briles is a great coach and currently has two Heisman trophy candidates on his team, as well as past success with RGIII and other recent high NFL draft picks (and future 1st rd picks on the team). Both mens (Elite Eight in 2012) and womens basketball (2013 Final 4) teams have had lots of success, and Kim Mulkey is the top women’s coach in the US. Throw in success in Men’s and Women’s track, Baseball (they are reigning Big 12 Champs), other non revenue sports such as tennis, and you can see that Texas should be more worried about what Baylor is doing in their own conference 1 hour up the road, then what Texas A&M is doing in the SEC.

  34. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 12, 2013 1:30 PM

    Er, Rabbi,

    Manziel will probably leave after this year. Who was the QB for A&M the year before Manziel ascended upon A&M?

  35. thegamecocker says: Oct 12, 2013 1:34 PM

    Tex A&M made a great decision and so did Mizzou. Plenty of money to build academic and athletic facilities. Texas should join the SEC and build an unbeatable empire. Take Baylor too. That makes 16 teams. The State of Texas and all the cities in Texas added to the SEC TV Network. OMG. Plus two great academic schools. Makes a lot of sense to me.

  36. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 12, 2013 1:39 PM

    Texas is being Texas.

    Texas has the conference they want,why leave?

    They have 30 million reasons a year to stay right where they are. Why give that money up? The Big 12 is tailored made for Texas to dominate year after year after year.

    The SEC doesn’t need the University of Texas, they already have a Texas school, a good one. Texas will NEVER have the votes to enter the SEC. Texas has screwed too many people for schools to forget.

    I’m watching Missouri spank a weakened Georgia.
    Is Missouri a rising power in the SEC East?


  37. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 12, 2013 1:50 PM


    The SEC doesn’t need any other schools in Texas.

    Texas A&M gave the SEC Network the Texas TV market when they entered the SEC. That helped the SEC reap a windfall last spring when the SEC Network was announced. The move by Texas A&M and Missouri more than paid for the conference picking them up.

    Texas isn’t going any where unless they are willing to subordinate the LHN to a conference guidelines and protocols. Texas is not going to walk away from $30 million a year. This is non-negotiable with the SEC, the PAC-12, the B1G, and the ACC. They have told Texas that when Texas tried to move to the B1G, the PAC-12, and the ACC.

    It is going to a sad day when the first conference makes the decision to attain
    Super conference status. Why?

    College football will never be the same. Enjoy these days now, these are the good old days.


  38. thegamecocker says: Oct 12, 2013 2:00 PM


    Don’t you think it’s inevitable that Super Conferences will occur? If you believe that will happen, why not own the ENTIRE State of Texas? This assumes of course that Texas either give up or make the Long Horn Network part of the SEC Network. Great academic and athletic schools. IDK, just makes sense from a business POV. Probably not going to happen.

  39. normtide says: Oct 12, 2013 2:10 PM

    I don’t see Texas getting in the SEC. Texas isn’t a great league member. SEC has a great brotherhood among members, lets not mess that up. As for expansion, if we are going to sixteen, I’d like to get there now. Settle in for the long haul.

  40. 10ecaggie says: Oct 12, 2013 2:24 PM

    Tired of this ATM taking over state from tu talk. We have gone a different direction and it’s not that we (Aggies) have taken over the state, rather we have entered a level playing field. Recruits have an option of either tu or ou in the B12 or ATM or LSU in the SEC. Before, it was ATM in the tier below tu and ou, Now, players of equal talent can choose ATM because they want to go in a different direction, not because they are a notch less talented. To me, tu is irrelevant and not because we (Aggies) have ‘taken over Texas’ but because they are no longer in our path and we are no longer in their shadow. BTY, tu will not be in the SEC and the same goes for FSU, Clemson, GT, or Louisville. The current SEC schools have an unspoken agreement to stand together and keep out the in-state rivals. Same would apply to any team seeking admission from our state (Texas). It would be more likely the SEC goes after NC and VT or maybe ou IF they would/could leave w/o taking osu.

  41. normtide says: Oct 12, 2013 2:28 PM

    If it was totally up to me, the SEC would add VT and NC State. VT is SEC ready, and NC State would dominate their state, Anne be SEC competitive in 4 years.

  42. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 12, 2013 2:48 PM


    The SEC doesn’t need the University of Texas or any other Texas teams. The SEC already has the Texas TV market thanks to A&M. The conference had penetration before, when they added A&M it solidified the SEC Network BIG time. That was evident in the SEC Network signed last spring.

    In business, “Less is more.” Meaning less seats at the table.

    The college football, the advent of the Super Conferences means a MINIMUM of
    $1 Billion dollars a YEAR to the Super conferences for a college football playoff ala FCS.

    $200 million per conference per year, an additional $12.5 million per school

    Let’s say you have

    the B1G with 14 teams right now(2 slots available),
    the SEC with 14 teams right now (2 slots available),
    the PAC-12 with 12 teams right now (4 slots available), and
    the leader of the Super Conferences, the ACC with 15 teams right now(1 slot

    9 slots

    9 quality teams? Perhaps.

    The conference with the most to lose is the Big 12 with 10 teams.

    Should the ACC start the ball rolling by taking Connecticut to get to 16 teams, the Big 12 goes buh-bye.

    Imagine a scenario that would have the AAU requirements of the PAC-12
    and B1G be primary in the prospective moves.

    Texas would jettison the LHN in a NY minute in order to be in one of the super conferences. The two Kansas schools, BYU and Texas going to the PAC-12.
    would give the PAC-16 the important Midwest exposure AND the Texas markets.

    The B1G takes WV and Iowa State, and the SEC take OU and OSU (since they are joined at the hip by the Oklahoma legislature.).

    Baylor, Tech, and TCU would go to the AAC in order to be in a BCS conference.

    Enjoy college football now, these are the good old days.


  43. cometkazie says: Oct 12, 2013 4:01 PM

    The good old days were the seventies, Amos.

  44. lifeimitatesfootball says: Oct 13, 2013 12:07 AM

    keep on sippin’ tea, t-sips!

  45. frug says: Oct 13, 2013 3:07 AM


    Well nawlinsmitty you don’t know about either school. Texas gives academic scholarships to 1000′s of students who don’t deserve it. All for diversity. Because of that they have a tuition, double of A &M.


    The reason tuition is higher at UT is because the demand for a UT education is higher than the demand for an A&M education. Last year 35,431 people applied to UT compared to 27,798 at A&M despite having a nearly identical number enrollments (8,042 for UT vs. 8,149 for A&M). That equates to about 27.5% higher demand for UT than A&M which almost exactly corresponds the difference in tuition (UT in-state tuition is 15% higher than A&M and out of state is about 35% higher than A&M)

    I thought you conservatives were suppose to worship the laws of supply and demand.

    The reason the enrollment is down at UT is its the most liberal university in Texas. Liberal policies at the university have lead to the downfall. While A & M is the most conservative in the state and they are thriving. Simple

    Actually, UT enrollment hasn’t changed much; it has been capped for quite a while. A&M simply boosted their enrollment by admitting more students.

  46. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 13, 2013 11:32 AM


    Seriously? the 70’s?

    Other than Bama winning 3 National Championships under Bear. Seriously, college football was boring.

    You had the CFA dictating who could be on TV. It took a USSC ruling against the NCAA to open up college football. Go back to the days when the NCAA decided what game would be on and have maybe three games total on an entire weekend? No thanks.

    The late 60’s were bad enough having ABC’s “Game of the Week” with Jim McKay and Chris Schenkel. The Golden Age of College Football is now. The Super Conferences are going to segregate college sports into a haves and have nots in football.

    Now you have as many a seven games on TV for your viewing pleasure. More if you have pay packages.

    Enjoy the games today, these are the good old days.


  47. greggatx says: Oct 13, 2013 5:03 PM

    “A&M has grown beyond Texas. They have replaced Texas with LSU on Thanksgiving to compete directly against Texas and who ever they decide to play.”

    Interpretation: aggies are tired of losing to their big sister. Texas leads, 76–37–5. Now LSU can use them are their whipping post! haha

    The aggies are a one player team and after he is gone (probably at the end of this season) they will go back to being your typical aggies.

    “Yeah, Jersey is the armpit of the United States.”

    No, it really College Station! haha Such a unique name for a town. It took 100 aggies to think of that.

    Texas sacared of the sec? History shows just the opposite.

    Texas vs SEC all-time 34-16-2 (67.3%)

    Texas vs SEC in bowls 11-7-1 (60.5%)

    add aggy & misery…

    127-59-7 (67.6%) all-time

    12-7-1 (62.5%) in bowls

    Texas vs SEC (team-by-team)

    7-1-1 (83.3%) v Alabama
    56-21 (72.7%) v Arkansas
    5-3 (62.5%) v Auburn
    2-0-1 (83.3%) v Florida
    3-1 (75%) v Georgia
    1-0 (100%) v Kentucky
    9-7-1 (55.8%) v LSU
    5-1 (83.3) v Mississippi
    2-2 (50%) v Mississippi State
    17-6 (73.9%) v Missouri
    0-1 (0%) v South Carolina
    2-1 (66.6%) v Tennessee
    76-37-5 (66.5%) v Texas A&M
    3-8-1 (29.1%) v Vanderbilt (all games predate the SEC)

  48. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 13, 2013 6:06 PM


    Thank you for your post!. It merely confirms the Dallas Morning News report that the University of Texas and their supporters are paranoid. Be it A&M, the SEC, the B1G, the PAC-12, the ACC, you cannot stand others success and think the world revolves around the University of Texas. It doesn’t.

    The SEC recognized the value of Texas A&M (Something the University of Texas overlooked) and when the SEC came to both schools and asked them to play on Thanksgiving night, both schools said “yes”. Arkansas was very gracious to allow both schools to renew their rivalry as part of “Rivalry Weekend”.

    Too bad your paranoia goes so deep as to you cannot even make a decision as to who you “rival” is for Thanksgiving. You had TCU last year, thinking they were a patsy.
    They beat you at home in Austin before an empty DKR and suddenly Deloss decides
    they’ll rotate the “rival” game so Texas can see what patsy they can have before a national audience. This year it’s Tech.

    BTW, Is the University of Texas so paranoid they cannot decide who their rival actually is? I thought OU was your rival? You know, the Red River Rivalry?

    Face it, the SEC has a great team from Texas in Texas A&M and you’re afraid that
    A&M will have it’s own identity AWAY from the University of Texas. Enjoy your
    boutique regional conference.

    The University of Texas, doing less with more since 1881


    PS- the only way Texas wins is if the officials help them.

    (I dare you to reply because it will show just how paranoid Longhorn supporters are…. the Texas Longhorns, the drama queens of college sports).

  49. greggatx says: Oct 13, 2013 6:44 PM

    I think you are a very confused person. You obviously know little about the aggies. If you think they are so great, more power to you bro. The sec is not that great, you have a few excellent schools and the rest are very average.
    “PS- the only way Texas wins is if the officials help them.” Hey kettle. That is what everyother school in the nation thinks about sec schools. They have the ncaa and espn in there pockets. Great schools like Texas, who have been around a long time, have more than one rival. It was the aggies that quit because they got their feelings hurt, and ran to the first conference that would take them. A big risk for the sec. The real paranoia is to the east of here. You obviously don’t have the depth of football talent in y’alls states or you would not be so hot to get any team here in Texas. It also seem like you have a lot of anomosity towards Texas because of their great success. Keep filling yourself up with your own BS but just remember it still does not make it true. It is funny how you keep your school secert. The real drama queens are from the southeast.

  50. yrag80 says: Oct 13, 2013 7:22 PM

    Texas A&M’s last football national championship was 1939.
    Not sure where you dug up the other two? The Ags have had
    a great 1 1/2 year run. Johnny football is an exciting player. The timing could not have been better. But until Texas Agriculture
    wins a conference championship it is just wishing and hoping.
    Texas beat it’s biggest rival yesterday. OU is the Longhorn’s
    biggest rival because they have been consistent winners who
    know how to win championships. That can’t be said for Texas

  51. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 13, 2013 7:25 PM


    Keep posting.

    Shows just how paranoid Texas supporters are. You’re jealous that A&M pulled the trigger and came to a conference that actually welcomed them (and Missouri) with open arms.

    You opine, “It was the aggies that quit because they got their feelings hurt” You need to smell what you’re shoveling because it’s Bevo’s byproduct.

    So Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Missouri also “quit” because they got their feelings hurt? Care to explain the paranoia that Texas exhibits when they actively
    market themselves like a streetwalker to the B1G, the PAC-12 and the ACC.

    Texas was “quitting” on the Big 12?

    You also opine “They have the NCAA and ESPN in there(sic) pockets.”

    Really you want to go there? Does the LHN contract with ESPN for $300 million
    mean that the University of Texas is also in the pocket of ESPN?

    You nailed the SEC, we are so bereft of talent in the South, we have only won the last
    7 National Championships in football. We just happen to maximize our talent on the field. You should know, we beat Texas so bad, 37-21 in your last appearance, it’s taken you THREE years to get over the ass whipping.

    Enjoy your boutique conference while sitting at home in December because that is when the big boys have their conference championship games. Something the NCAA
    laughed at when Deloss asked for a waiver for the Big 12, er, Big 2 and little 8.

    Just a sidenote, OUR coach has the same number of National Championships as
    Texas has, 4.

    In closing, it is rather sad that an Alabama grad has to correct a Longhorn’s
    musings. It’s spelled “their”, possessive in nature. It’s also spelled “secret”, not
    secert. Learn to use spell check. Language should be your friend, but I guess that must be a byproduct of a University of Texas Education.


    What is Texas ranked this week?

  52. greggatx says: Oct 13, 2013 8:25 PM

    Wow! Our QB goes down in the first half of the first quarter and you boast about beating us by 16 points. That was the first time you ever beat us. It took EIGHT tries to beat us! Y’all are 1-7 against us. That must hurt too!And I would not call it an ass whipping. Maybe it is for y’all! Y’all are bad! haha The way you keep posting proves my point. Y’all are insecure. We will be in a major bowl in Dec. If y’all lose to lsu and miss. st. we may have a match up.
    Texas vs SEC all-time 34-16-2 (67.3%) Yea, we are scared of y’all! hahaha

    Bring it on! Hook’em Horns!!!

  53. texasandlouisiana says: Oct 13, 2013 8:33 PM

    Somebody posted that Texas’ enrollment is down recently. I’m always suspect of such proclamations by the seemingly intellectually challenged people who seem to get enjoyment in life by putting down what they hate, so I decided to look up the information. Here’s what I found at Wikipedia. For those intellectually challenged individuals, Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia. Go refer to it now and then–you might raise your IQ level out of the gutter. Here’s the most recent years listed for UT’s enrollment:

    2008-2009 – 50,006
    2009-2010 – 51,032
    2010-2011 – 51,195
    2011-2012 – 51,112
    2012-2013 – 52,186

    As you can see, other than a very small drop off in 2011-2012, Texas enrollment has increased yearly for the five years listed. Now I don’t know what they teach about relationships between numbers at some of the other schools in Texas, but I believe that indicates a general increase, not a drop off.

    I’d like to tell some of the people who post here that they need to “get a life”, but it might be better advice for them to “get a brain”.

    You can verify this at the following link:

  54. yrag80 says: Oct 13, 2013 8:45 PM

    I think it is great that the big dog takes up for it’s little pups in the litter. I’m a big Tide fan when you are not playing the Horns.
    Bama, LSU and UF have been dominant. But the idea that Texas is paranoid about A&M is a stretch. UT is much more paranoid about the Aggies giving a footprint in Texas to the SEC’s powers. The Ags are doing well and more power to them but what their history shows is they make a good run (with no championships) then slide back to mediocrity.
    Before you get too big headed about your recent success let us not forget the not too distant past: coaches Dubose, Franchione, Shula and the unforgettable Joe Kines or how about the coach that nearly was: Mike Price.
    You definitely won the biggst game ever played against UT. That put your record with Texas at: 1 win, 7 losses, 1 tie. And it was priceless that you took the time out to compare a Texas education with that of an Alabama degree. Let’s talk rankings.

  55. yrag80 says: Oct 13, 2013 8:52 PM

    Your smack is wikipedia numbers over enrollment going up 2,000 students in five years? I know who needs to get a life.

  56. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 13, 2013 8:59 PM


    The Dallas Morning News wrote the article about Texas being paranoid. You have a beef with being paranoid, take it up with the Dallas Morning News.

    Texas A&M gave the SEC an enormous footprint in Texas. The addition of Texas A&M and Missouri gave us the St Louis and Texas TV markets for negotiations on the SEC Network. Thank you, the addition of those schools more than paid for their addition to the SEC.

    Enjoy your boutique conference with no championship game.

    How many National Championships in football does Texas have?


    How many does Alabama have?


    Come on, Texas does less with more resources since 1881

    Texas supporters keep on posting, it only reinforces to the nation that the Dallas Morning News was dead on on Longhorns being paranoid.

    The world doesn’t revolve around the University of Texas. The rest of the nation is laughing at you.


  57. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 13, 2013 9:06 PM

    texasandlouisiana wrote on Oct 13, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    “Here’s what I found at Wikipedia. For those intellectually challenged individuals, Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia.”

    I guess you”re admitting you’re intellectually challenged.

    Keep posting Longhorn supporters, you keep validating the Dallas Morning News!


  58. greggatx says: Oct 13, 2013 10:06 PM


    The bottom line is the Longhorns attract high ratings all over the country. There are alumni all over the country. Win, lose or draw we support The University. We sometimes get knocked down but we always get back up. We are not fair weather fans like the sec. Texas makes more money than any other school in the nation. We bring home the bacon. I’m sure you wish y’all had a following like Texas. And we do have the second most wins in college football.

    Choosing the right AD will obviously be the key to our future. That and the next coach. Never know, maybe Saban! I hear his wife hates it there. And we have plenty of money! haha

  59. normtide says: Oct 13, 2013 10:15 PM

    So when is the next pep rally for that bank statement? All that money means nothing if your not winning.

    Texas should be worried about A&M. Also about Baylor, tech, and TCU. Those poor boys are all sneaking up on you.

  60. greggatx says: Oct 13, 2013 10:33 PM

    We will be in a BCS this bowl season! Mark it on your calendar. Hook’em Horns!!

  61. normtide says: Oct 13, 2013 11:08 PM

    That was a great win, no doubt. But, remember you lost to ole miss. Who just lost three in a row, to Bama, auburn, and A&M. Texas has potential, but I’m not buying in just yet. I think Baylor is the best in the 12. I never thought I would ever say that! Either way, good luck going forward.

  62. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 14, 2013 11:02 AM


    Nice try.

    If Texas was a national TV power, explain why the LHN has an accumulative rating of 0.0% in it’s home market?

    Preliminary TV ratings show the OU Tx game down 15% from last year’s game on a REGIONAL basis. The National’s will be out later today, and if you’re down in your home REGION, you are not going to have the numbers you think you have.

    I’ll keep feeding Texas Paranoia all day long.

    Texas is a legend in their own mind. Talk about how great you are and what you did in the PAST.

    Let’s see how Texas, Inc holds up after it’s architect is gone.

    Texas, doing less with more since 1881


  63. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 14, 2013 3:34 PM

    Can’t believe I missed this post. I must be slipping…

    Good to see the horns finally taking us seriously. Most of us just assume the horns are completely self involved and could care less about anyone around them.

  64. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 14, 2013 3:37 PM


    I’m more worried about losing Sumlin than Manziel….

    And as for the Aggies being a 1 player team…. they may have 3 first rounders on offense.

  65. texasandlouisiana says: Oct 14, 2013 4:57 PM

    I’ve almost always taken the Aggies seriously as a football team, except maybe when they were having a really down year. Regardless, I try to treat Aggies with respect–after all, they’re fellow Texans. I’m not saying I’m an Aggie lover, because there’s been too many things happen over the years. Such things as friends (who went to A&M) suddenly shunning me with the silent treatment because I went to Texas. I guess there must be some kind of code that causes Aggies to treat people like that. I know some Aggies who aren’t like that, though. I wish this posting site was more civil. Lot’s of the stuff posted here is just pure garbage from trolls.

  66. eyesoftexas96 says: Oct 15, 2013 4:00 AM

    It’s not paranoia, it’s cold hard facts. There are about 50 million Eyes of Texas (25 million people), and many of them are now focused on the SEC, mainly due to the departure of A&M. The Eyes of Texas equate to TV money and recruiting prowess, and Texas enjoyed the upper hand when negotiating with the Big 8 back in the 1990s, as Texas was able to bring with them the Aggies and Red Raiders (Baylor lobbied their way into the Big 12 through political channels–Baylor alumna Ann Richards, God bless her and the silver foot, was the governor of Texas at the time), and all the Eyes of Texas that came with them. At the time, the Pac-10 was also seriously interested in Texas, so Texas had another viable option, and even more bargaining power. This is why Texas received more money than anyone else in the Big 12, a deal that continues to this day. This is at least part of the reason Texas enjoyed great success in the Big 12, which bred resentment and contributed to the loss of the Cornhuskers, Buffalos, and Tigers, none of which hail from states that have more eyes than the DFW or Houston metro area, much less all of the Eyes of Texas (DFW + Houston + San Antonio + Austin + El Paso, etc…). This is also why Texas didn’t think it made sense to allow others to renege on the original agreement and equally distribute the revenue–the Eyes of Texas being the indisputable fact that led to the inequitable distribution that everyone agreed to in the first place. Ultimately, the people of Nebraska, Colorado and Missouri did exactly what Texas is guilty of doing, acting in its own best interest. More power to them I say. A&M is different because they are Texas too, and the Eyes of Texas and the associated business implications are really what this is all about. From Texas’ perspective, A&M is more formidable than all of these other Big 12 defectors combined, and it’s because of the Eyes of Texas, the TV money and the recruitment turf. Fortunately, SEC commissioner Slive is leading the charge to make the college sports landscape even more revenue-driven than it already is, and pushing for reform that would allow college athletes to be paid and for conferences with a lot of prospects to set their own rules about how to deal with player-agent relationships. I think he’ll succeed, and I don’t see another program in the country better-positioned to capitalize than Texas. In the meantime, anyone who suggests that Texas is losing because of political leanings should realize that Texas is making more money than any football program in the country, and it’s not because Texas has a squishy, equal-share-for-unequal-contributions, liberal mentality. It’s mainly due to loyalty to a coach who has brought many years of success. Further, The University first began operations in 1883, so I’m not sure what historic falsehood has led to the “doing less with more since 1881” quote that frequently appears in this thread. Besides the historical inaccuracy, I take this as a plus for The University, as it epitomizes the inferior, second-rate mentality of A&M, a convenient and self-fulfilling prophecy that has never served A&M well. A more accurate quote might be “claiming less is more since 1876,” given all that has transpired in the field of head-to-head battle (academics, athletics, enrollment) over the past 130 years. Every 20 years or so, anomalies occur. A&M is off to whistle Dixie, then Manziel arrives and publicly proclaims that he would have preferred Texas, crashes parties at Texas, and disses College Station. The last time the Aggies had a distinct advantage on the football field was back when the SWC was in its last gasps, at which time RC Slocum’s boys were taking money on the side. This led to A&M being banned from TV and ended the Thanksgiving Day tradition. These latest anomalies each have two things in common: further separation between UT and A&M, and little foundation for A&M’s sustained success. Only time will tell, but history has an uncanny tendency to repeat itself. The Eyes of Texas are expansive and wise enough to read the demographic, economic and cultural dynamics at play. In the end, the culture always seems to be the difference-maker.

  67. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 15, 2013 9:18 AM

    eyes of texas.

    You justify the Dallas Morning News report.


  68. normtide says: Oct 15, 2013 11:27 AM

    Eyes- first, you called the SEC liberal, so hard to take your post seriously. Second, once again, you tout money, not wins. The B1G makes tons of money. No one is jealous of the football being played there, outside of OSU. Third, shouldn’t the higher payouts in the 12 go to all 4 Texas schools? UT brings many of those “eyes”, but so did the other three programs. Lastly, your name sounds like a country song from the 80’s. Wasn’t that the bluest eyes in Texas?

  69. yrag80 says: Oct 15, 2013 11:34 AM

    We’ll put Eyes.

  70. v2the4 says: Oct 15, 2013 12:10 PM

    good looking out eyesoftexas96.

    great post!

  71. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 15, 2013 1:03 PM

    Couple notes on eyesoftexas96’s comment.

    First and foremost…. they’re called paragraphs… in future exceedingly long posts, please use them.

    Second, I agree with the vast majority of your post. One thing though that gets me is the “you cheated to beat us and we never cheated” attitude. If you HONESTLY think UT has never had a booster or administration member pay a player in the last 30 years… you’re naive at best.

    And lastly, Texas has always had the institutional advantage over A&M. Being in the same conference, we were always in UT’s shadow and as you said , every once in a while we would rise up, but now the SEC and being in seperate conferences is a great differentiater. And we couldn’t have asked for the first year to go much better. A gain in fundraising of $300MM in College Station in just 1 year equals the amount UT will receive for LHN over 20 years.

    Just my $0.02.

  72. houstoniscougarcountry says: Oct 15, 2013 4:46 PM

    This stuff doesn’t matter in the great scheme of things…a waste of grown men time. Go out and make the world a better place. Wasting time and energy on such a frivolous discussion.

  73. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 15, 2013 11:00 PM

    You know, feeding Texas paranoia is like fishing for
    sea trout, just throw out a brightly colored lure and watch University of Texas supporters go after the lure.

    Eyes of Texas, care to explain why Cliff Gustafson was released by the University of Texas for having his
    baseball players being paid for non existent jobs at an Austin beer distributorship?

    Keep answering, the nation is laughing at Longhorn Nation and their collective paranoia.

    Texas, doing less with more since 1881.


  74. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 15, 2013 11:14 PM

    Feeding Texas Paranoia since October 12, 2013

    Weekend numbers

    ESPN and Fox Sports 1 put up strong numbers for college football action on Saturday.

    The Texas A&M/Mississippi college football game earned a 3.4 overnight rating on ESPN Saturday night, actually down 8% from South Carolina/LSU in an earlier timeslot last year (3.7), but the network’s top overnight since week two of the season.

    Overall, the 3.4 is the fourth-highest of the season for college football on ESPN, trailing only the network’s week two tripleheader of Florida/Miami (3.7), Georgia/South Carolina (4.8) and Notre Dame/Michigan (5.6).

    Earlier in the day, ESPN earned a 2.6 overnight for the quadruple-overtime Michigan/Penn State game and a 2.4 for Missouri’s upset of Georgia.

    ABC topped the weekend with the Texas/Oklahoma “Red River Rivalry” game drew a 2.5, on the regional broadcast, down 17% from last year (3.0), and down 39% from 2011 (4.1).

    Source: ESPN and ABC Sports.

    Texas doing more with less.


  75. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 15, 2013 11:33 PM

    Correction to prior post, to be accurate.

    ABC topped the weekend with the Texas/Oklahoma “Red River Rivalry” game, which earned a 3.5 overnight — up slightly from the same match-up last year (3.4), but the second-worst overnight for the rivalry game since 2006.

    CBS scored a 3.4 for the Florida/LSU game — up 55% from Alabama/Missouri last year (2.2), and up 21% from LSU/Tennessee in 2011 (2.8).


  76. cometkazie says: Oct 16, 2013 1:08 PM

    Don’t you know you only confuse them with facts, Amos?

  77. txstatebobcats1868 says: Oct 16, 2013 3:24 PM

    Lets be honest here. UT is really worried about the rising star of Texas, in The Texas State University and them fighting Bobcats, located in beautiful San Marcos, 25 miles down the road.

  78. rockgate says: Oct 17, 2013 1:17 PM

    txstatebobcats1868……best post on this thread.

    …..and Hook em’ Bobcats (or something like that).

  79. dhardy8207 says: Oct 17, 2013 5:23 PM

    The Eyes of Texas should be able to see as far as any eye can see in Texas as there is nothing there but tumbleweeds. Just drove through that God awful state on the way to Vegas and saw nothing! The fact that I got a ticket doing 70mph in a 65 mph speed zone with an out of state tag is another way Texas gets its money!

    I mean dammit… Even our good ol boys here in Dixie won’t stop you on the freeway unless you exceed the speed limit by more than 10mph….

  80. texasandlouisiana says: Oct 17, 2013 6:21 PM

    dhardy8207: You must have been Asleep At the Wheel. Somehow you missed acknowledging the cities of Beaumont, Houston, San Antonio, and El Paso along the way. Houston is the third largest (I believe) city in the country, and San Antonio is the tenth largest. So you must have been on the back roads, otherwise you should have gotten a ticket for doing 80 in a 75. Or maybe you were cutting across the Panhandle. That doesn’t count. Even us southern Texans think they talk funny up there, but their tumbleweeds are second to none. I once saw a tumbleweed rolling across the road near Amarillo with a house in it.

  81. v2the4 says: Oct 17, 2013 8:28 PM


    I guess the whole question is, why in the hell would you be driving to Vegas in the first place, unless you are coming from Phoenix, LA, or San Diego?

    Atlanta is still the busiest airport in the United States and every southern city has connections there, and Delta flies to Las Vegas straight from the ATL.

    But I agree with Texas and Lou

  82. dhardy8207 says: Oct 18, 2013 11:28 AM

    @ texasandlouisiana:

    We were following a GPS that took us through Dallas and then detoured right outside Dallas city limits and then nothing but tumble weeds and flat lands. Needless to say coming back we followed the google directions that brought us back through Oklahoma and Arkansas.

    I’ve been to Irvine and Fortworth when I was youngster but didn’t remember it looking that desolate. And if I’m not mistaken we did pass through the outskirts of Amarillo…

  83. txstatebobcats1868 says: Oct 18, 2013 11:35 AM

    @ rockgate
    haha thanks, appreciate the recognition.

    And for the record, its Eat em up Cats!
    also acceptable,
    Drink em up Cats!

  84. dhardy8207 says: Oct 18, 2013 11:35 AM


    We were driving because every flight out of Dallas was booked and all other connecting flights into Vegas.

    What a gal will do to see Sir Paul McCartney…LOL… A friend and I attended the iheart music festival in Vegas. It was a long drive but with 2 drivers, we were able to change out and give each other a break.

  85. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 18, 2013 12:26 PM

    Down here in Houston we don’t even consider Dallas part of Texas. Most of them up there are OU fans anyway so we like to call Dallas… Oklahoma’s nutsack.

  86. rockgate says: Oct 18, 2013 2:21 PM

    Aw come on 8to80texanblog, we all know that aggies are just folks from Oklahoma that couldn’t get into Blinn Jr. College…….

  87. texasandlouisiana says: Oct 18, 2013 4:34 PM

    rockgate: I didn’t realize ATM was a prep school for Blinn Jr. College. Thanks for the heads-up.

  88. greggatx says: Oct 18, 2013 5:04 PM


    Well said!


    You say of Texas that “there is nothing there but tumbleweeds. Just drove through that God awful state on the way to Vegas and saw nothing!”. Are you that dumb that you have to follow a GPS? You obviously have never been to the Hill Country. There are no tumbleweeds here.
    Texas has three main ecosystems: Eastern Texas is primarily wetlands and forests, while northern and central Texas features prairie grasslands. One of the largest desert ecosystems in the world, the Chihuahuan Desert, dominates the landscape in western Texas.


    “Down here in Houston we don’t even consider Dallas part of Texas. Most of them up there are OU fans anyway so we like to call Dallas… Oklahoma’s nutsack.”
    Most the people in north Texas are not OU fans but we in Austin do call them yankees. I can’t put on here what we call aggies. BTY the aggies against the sooner are 12-19 (.38%) record. The aggies love to put down those whom constantly beat them.

  89. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 18, 2013 8:13 PM

    Txstate bobcats

    Dennis Franchione for the next UT Coach!

  90. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 18, 2013 8:22 PM

    Eyes of Texas,

    Why the paranoia about a team in which you don’t play?

    Did you ever answer the inquiry in explaining why Cliff Gustafson was released by the University of Texas for having his baseball players being paid for non existent jobs with an Austin beer distributorship?

    BTW Oregon will be the leader in the first BCS poll this weekend.


  91. eyesoftexas96 says: Nov 9, 2013 12:28 AM

    Perhaps this is too late to matter–I’ve been jetting around the country lately.

    First, I never called the SEC liberal. In fact, I suggested that Slive seems to be the biggest capitalist of them all.

    Secondly, what’s this about Baseball and Gustafson!?! I did not suggest that Texas never cheated, but when A&M and Slocum were caught cheating, the Thanksgiving Day game tradition became a thing of the past. No TV for Aggies football, no Thanksgiving TV game. It’s as simple as that.

    Otherwise, the opening line of my previous post was that “it’s not paranoia, it’s cold hard facts.” Next to Texas, A&M had the second-largest enrollment in the Big 12, and probably the second-biggest fan base. Strong academics too, basically on par with Texas at the undergrad level, and better than anyone but Texas in the former Big 12. I have nothing but begruding respect for A&M. All things considered, I think A&M was a cornerstone franchise in the former Big 12, and their departure struck me as a bigger blow than Nebraska + Colorado + Missouri combined. If I justified the DMN article, so be it. The point is that this isn’t really paranoia, it’s a multi-million-dollar enterprise loooking out for its best interests, including paying attention to the competition. From a business perspective, and this is business, ignoring the competition is stupid. The powers that be at UT might rub others the wrong way and come across as arrogant and dismissive, but stupid they’re not.

    Also, just wanted to add that I do not currently reside in Texas. I’m a UT alumn (class of ’96), but the tumbleweed and speeding ticket story hardly strike me as relevant. There are 25 million people in Texas, and Texas is growing faster than any other state, in terms of population and economy. Texas also has some of the fastest speed limits in the country.

    To 8to8o, thanks for the tip about paragraphs. By the way, it’s differentiator, not differentiater (sic). As a novice blogger, I hope my line breaks between paragaphs appear in this post. If not, at least I know that the impeccable spelling and grammar and vocabulary remain intact.

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