AD says Texas still looking at ‘all options’
Texas is still “looking at all options” before deciding
whether to stay in the crumbling Big 12 or move to another league,
athletic director DeLoss Dodds said Saturday.
Dodds spoke outside of his stadium suite before Saturday’s
Texas-TCU baseball game, but declined further comment on what those
Dodds has said he wants to keep the Big 12 together. The
Longhorns are considered the key to the league’s survival,
particularly after it lost Nebraska (Big Ten) and Colorado (Pac-10)
in a matter of two days this week.
The Texas regents have scheduled a meeting Tuesday for
“discussion and appropriate action regarding athletic conference
An official at a Big 12 school with knowledge of the talks
confirmed that Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott was traveling to
Texas and Oklahoma this weekend to present a case for Texas, Texas
Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to join the Pac-10.
The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized
to speak publicly on the discussions.
Pac-10 conference officials did meet Saturday with top
University of Oklahoma officials, a spokesman for the university’s
Jay Doyle, a spokesman for Oklahoma President David Boren, said
Boren and athletic director Joe Castiglione “had a very cordial
and informative meeting” with Scott and deputy commissioner Kevin
Texas President William Powers Jr. and football coach Mack Brown
watched the baseball game from Dodds’ suite. Powers, when stopped
in the stairwell of Disch-Falk Stadium, declined comment.
“I’m just watching the ball game guys,” Powers said.
Texas would need the regents’ approval to change leagues. Texas
Tech has also scheduled a Tuesday regents meetings.
Texas A&M, which is reported to be considering a move to the
Southeastern Conference, has not scheduled a regents meeting. Texas
A&M President Bowen Loftin would not comment this week on
speculation that A&M is considering moves to the SEC or the
Pac-10, or say if the school was leaning toward one league over
Loftin said he would like A&M and Texas to continue their
annual football rivalry, even if the teams end up in different
“We were very happy to stay in the Big 12, the way it was. It’s
changing now,” Loftin said. “The Big 12 is not what it was, and
we have to think about its future, and ours.”
The possible breakup of the Big 12, and the prospect of Baylor
and Texas A&M not joining Texas in a new league, is causing
some alarm at the Texas Capitol.
The House Higher Education Committee has scheduled a Wednesday
meeting “to discuss matters pertaining to higher education,
including collegiate athletics.”
Gov. Rick Perry, a Texas A&M graduate and former Aggie yell
leader, has appointed every regent to the schools’ respective
boards. But he said this week he is staying out of the conference
decisions and would not try to influence what the schools do.