I do love me some DeLoss Dodds. The University of Texas director of athletics and de facto Big 12 commish can't help himself. Whether it's giving the green light for his teams to have losing seasons, or remaining absolutely tone deaf to anything not Texas, the man provides good copy.
The Daily Texan asked Mr. Dodds when Texas might play Texas A&M again in football, to which Dodds answered:
“I think we'll play sometime. I don't know when it will happen or how it will happen, but I'm sure it will happen. They left. 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."
That last sentence is true - there are too many hard feelings. On both sides. The A&M people are hacked because the Aggies feel that rather than take something else into consideration other than itself, Texas did what was best for Texas by jumping into bed with ESPN and creating the Longhorn Network and keeping all of the profits. A&M would have done the same thing had ESPN called the Aggies. Bristol didn't call College Station, so the Aggies bolted to the SEC with a giant middle finger on its way East.
Dodds said "We get to decide." Not sure A&M director of athletics Eric Hyman agrees. When I asked him such a question in an interview last fall, he sounded none too eager to play UT primarily because of the brutality of the SEC schedule.
You can bet neither Mack Brown nor Kevin Sumlin want this game for fear of losing a non-conference date.
Financially, the respective decisions made sense for both schools but there is something bigger than DeLoss, Mack, Hyman, Sumlin and any of the power brokers who wear the maroon and white or the orange and white: Texas and Texas A&M.
The schools, the programs, the alumni and the tradition are much bigger than any of these men who are acting like a sparring sorority girls who are upset over the float in the homecoming parade.
It happens in other states all the time - Georgia plays Georgia Tech in football. Florida plays Florida State. Clemson plays South Carolina.
Get over it and do the right thing by putting Texas v. Texas A&M back on the schedule.
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