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

options are.

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

membership.”

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

president said.

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

Weiberg.

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

another.

Loftin said he would like A&M and Texas to continue their

annual football rivalry, even if the teams end up in different

leagues.

“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.