Posted by Tom Fornelli
John Hoover of the Tulsa World sat down for an exclusive interview with Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds, and Dodds shared some interesting info about Texas, the Longhorn Network, Texas A&M and the rivalry with Oklahoma. While the interview covered many areas, and if you're a fan of Texas or the Big 12 I suggest reading the entire thing, there were still a few areas that really caught my attention.
For instance, when Dodds was talking about where the idea of the Longhorn Network came from, he explained that, ironically enough, it was an idea that he shared with Texas A&M's Bill Byrne.
"I called Bill Byrne over at A&M and said, 'You know, I don't think we've got enough money or inventory to put on a 24/7 channel, but are you interested in helping us be a part of it?' And he pretty much said no," Dodds told Hoover. "So we just kept digging and digging and digging and Fox got a little interested and said they'd do it and that they'd pay us, and we said, 'Well, that's good stuff.' Then ESPN got interested and they said they'd do it and pay us more. So we are where we are."
Dodds also talked about keeping the Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl and whether or not the game might have to be moved to the campuses.
"Joe (Castiglione, athletic director at OU) and I have talked about that. Circumstances - you know, conference things - might dictate something different, but I don't see - I don't want to do it, and I know Joe doesn't want to do it," said Dodds. "So it'd take some circumstances outside of our control to make that happen.
"It could have happened. But ... we would have gone down fighting to keep the game. It's just that important to Oklahoma and Texas. I don't mean the schools, I mean the states."
Finally, when Dodds was asked about preserving the rivalry between Texas and Texas A&M he made it sound like not only did he think it wasn't possible, but also that it wasn't very important either.
"Well, they're out of the conference and we're scheduled up for 10 years. So I think it's different," said Dodds.
"That game - the rivalry game for us has always been Oklahoma. The A&M game's been a great game and all of that. And we may play 'em. But it's not something that we have to do. I think the Oklahoma game is something we have to do."
Those comments don't bode well for the future of the rivalry between the Longhorns and the Aggies.