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DeLoss Dodds on chance Texas plays Texas A&M: 'We get to decide when we play again'
By Christian Corona Posted on March 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm
When it comes to the possibility of Texas facing Texas A&M on the gridiron again, it may not be a matter of if it will happen but when it will happen.
Men's athletics director DeLoss Dodds said that he believes the Longhorns and Aggies will eventually renew their rivalry but that a period of time to allow animosities to subside would be needed.
"I think we'll play sometime," Dodds said. "I don't know when it will happen or how it will happen, but I'm sure it will happen."
In their last meeting, the Longhorns beat the Aggies, 27-25, at Kyle Field on Thanksgiving Day in 2011 after Justin Tucker hit a game-winning 40-yard field goal as time expired. That was the 118th and final time the two rivals squared off before Texas A&M left the Big 12 for the SEC.
"They left," Dodds said. "They're the ones that decided not to play us. We get to decide when we play again. I think that's fair. If you did a survey of our fans about playing A&M, they don't want to. It's overwhelming. I know. I hear it. Our fans are important to us. I think there's got to be a period where things get different. I think there's too many hard feelings."
Dodds weighs on Big 12's pursuit of alliance with ACC
The college football landscape has shifted recently, especially in the Big 12, which lost Colorado to the Pac-12, Nebraska to the Big 10 and Texas A&M and Missouri to the SEC over the last two years. But the Big 12 is now pursuing an alliance with the ACC that would facilitate both conferences to schedule games against each other every year and allow them to share TV revenue.
Could this alliance serve to, not only benefit the Big 12 and ACC, but also to stabilize this college football landscape?
"If you walk through it, the Pac-12 truthfully has no place to go to pick up teams, except the Big 12," Dodds said. "The SEC and the Big 10 can pick up teams but it's only probably the ACC teams, maybe the Big East. So they're the conference that could be under attack. And the alliance between the Big 12 and the ACC, I think, strengthens them. I think that the Notre Dames of the world, it would unite them a little bit, toughen them a little bit. Then I think it would be less likely that anyone could pick one of their schools up."
Dodds believes Big 12 teams have 'tougher road' to national title game than SEC squads
Despite its recent struggles, Texas can still claim the last national championship won by a non-SEC team. The SEC has captured each of the last seven national titles, with Alabama winning three of the last four.
But now that the Big 12 has 10 teams, each of them plays the other nine every year. The conference's champion, when the Big 12 had 12 teams, was decided by a conference title game. With the Big 12 down to 10 schools, there is no longer a conference championship and that's just how Dodds likes it.
"I think if you get to 12, you'd probably have to do it because you don't play everybody," Dodds said. "I think when you play everybody, having a championship game is a real advantage to the team that lost. Let's say you play the nine games and you beat Oklahoma and then you have the championship game and you play Oklahoma. That gives Oklahoma an edge. If you've got 12, you might have played them, but they'll be coming from the other division."
Two years ago, previously unbeaten Oklahoma State was ranked No. 2 and seemed poise to represent the Big 12 in the national title game. But the Cowboys were upset by Iowa State in Ames in double overtime and they had to settle for a Fiesta Bowl victory over Stanford.
Last season, it was Kansas State that would have reached the BCS National Championship if it had run the table. Instead, the Wildcats were crushed by Baylor in Waco, 52-24, last November and eventually fell to Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl.
"It's hard to get out of it," Dodds said of the Big 12's round-robin schedule. "But if you get out of it, you're straight into the national championship. If you can go straight through our conference, it's a direct line to the national championship. In the SEC, Alabama hadn't play Georgia for four years. So there's maybe some advantages to it. They play some nonconference games late in the season that soften their schedule. The Big 12 is a tougher road to get there than the SEC because of their scheduling abilities."
Many SEC teams schedule games against weak nonconference opponents late in the regular season to give themselves a break from the rigorous slate against SEC foes. Dodds said that something similar could happen in the Big 12.
"Our TV partner would like to see us play conference games early," Dodds said. "So there's some windows in our package that are really weak because they're playing all nonconference games. So they want us to play a conference game up there, which would put a nonconference game down there, which is what our network wants."
"Our fans are important to us."
Gosh, I can't wait for the big November game against Sam Houston State.
If you did a survey of our fans about playing A&M, they don't want to. It's overwhelming. I know. I hear it. Our fans are important to us.
We are only important when it fits your stupid agenda DeLost. If you were listening, you'd get rid of Mack and step aside yourself.
But add FSU and Clemson before you leave, DD.
Dear Mr. Dodds...
Just me, but $9,375,000 should get more than an Alamo Bowl, no NCAA tournament, & an unranked baseball team
Mack's Salary = $5.2M
Barnes' Salary = $2.5M
Garrido's Salary = $1M
Dodds' Salary = $675K
Especially coming the year after a Holiday Bowl, a one and out by the basketball team, and a not invited to the post-season year by the baseball team.
Man, I thought Byrne was bad and out of touch with ours fans. Dodds has lost it, all of it.
I really wish he would quit giving interviews.
He's telling the truth, the fans are still basically printing money for them. Without us that doesn't happen.
Well now we're getting a little nutty. Byrne set a standard we aren't anywhere near approaching.
What point did he make that makes you believe he's "lost it, all of it"?
I want Dodds to retire, but as a UT fan I have no desire to play your farmer university, and most UT fans share my opinion.
He's like Mack Brown to me. Anytime he speaks it's like nails on a chalk board. He's about as Texas as I am a New Yorker. He can't leave soon enough..
That may be true, but its certainly getting there.
Byrne's arrogance was second to none, and his "I know what our fans want" and "everything is fine" attitudes are on par with Dodds in the past year or so.
Byrne's "building champions" slogan was commonly mocked as "building buildings".
I have plenty of longhorns in the family and all want to play again as the game should be played.
The game and the schools are bigger than hardheaded ADs that want to secure their legacy over common good.
It isn't getting close. Not in the slightest.
Thia guy ia ridiculous! He gets even worse every time he opens his mouth!
I have aggies as in-laws and I'll tell them anything they want to hear just to get them to shut up. Maybe that's what is happening with you.
We are playing it close to the vest and saving our best for next year.
I am begging you, Deloss....thank you for your service to the school i graduated from and the school i love. Please retire. Please. I beg you. Please. It's time. You don't want people like me who appreciate your service, your tenure and the impact you made to end up disgusted with you for how you left it. The on the field results speak for themselves, sir. It's time, Deloss. Please.
It's like our AD and coaches have become aggy themselves, the deniers of reality. Deloss needs to stop talking. He's perpetually putting his foot in his mouth. I doubt aggy, fresh off their successful season in the SEC with the Heisman trophy winner and coach who can actually coach up talent is really just so beside themselves that they can't play the other team in the state that lost to TCU and WVU at home, got destroyed by the team they destroyed in the Cotton Bowl, and has a head coach just hanging on for dear life. aggy now gets what Texas felt all those years aggy was mediocre. There's actual risk to playing us now.
I bet it really burns Deloss up that aggy was so successful this past season. I'm sure he was convinced little brother couldn't make it on their own, not without Big Brother We're the Joneses Texas. Just like he's convinced Barnes and Mack are on the path to winning again. His retirement can't get here soon enough.
I don't know anyone from either school that wants the game to come back to be honest. I think we say we do because we know you'll never call our bluff. I don't ever see the need for either school to ever play each other outside of the occasional bowl game
I really hope that the next time Texas and a&m meets, its for the national championship! I woukd never want to schedule a home and home series. If its not for the crystal ball, then I don't want the game!
I wish he would quit period.
Man, with all that has happened between the two schools off the field, that game would be must see TV. Too bad it wont happen for a long time. A&M is recruiting like its going to be around the top for a long time.
There is nothing more dangerous in this world than a man with nothing to lose.
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