Expect to see a lot of burnt orange in Houston when Rice hosts Texas in 2010.
The game has been moved from Rice Stadium (capacity: 47,000) to cavernous Reliant Stadium. In a fairly candid story on the Rice football website, athletic director Chris Del Conte acknowledged that he had to take advantage of an enticing offer (reportedly over $1 million) from SMG-Reliant Park officials this summer.
"Every single institution around the country has been put in situations where finances are first and foremost," Del Conte said. "The economic health and viability of the Rice athletic department -- every day that's what I worry about. We've had some really good last couple of years, we're doing a better job [of balancing the budget], and everything is going in the right direction. But at the same time you've always got to worry about the financial health of your athletic department."