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DeLoss Dodds: 'We're not a bully'

Posted on: November 3, 2011 11:53 am
Edited on: November 3, 2011 2:08 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Ever since the landscape of the Big 12 started to change with Texas A&M announcing that it was leaving the conference for the SEC, there's generally been one school that has taken that largest portion of the blame in public opinion: Texas. Many believe that the reasons schools like Texas A&M and Missouri want to leave was because they were tired of the preferential treatment they believed Texas has received in the conference over the years.

The school has also been portrayed as a bully of sorts, forcing the Big 12 to do things its way. Which is a perception that athletic director DeLoss Dodds doesn't agree with at all.

"We have stuck our neck out to save the Big 12, and we're not a bully," Dodds told the Missourian. "We didn't cause it. Our goal has been, and continues to be, to keep something together for the Big 12 and that's what we're going to do, good Lord willing."

Dodds then talked about the Longhorn Network again, reiterating that the network was never supposed to be a great revenue producer, but that when ESPN came around saying they'd give the school $15 million a year for it, it was kind of hard to turn down.

"Would you have said no? Would Missouri have said no?" Dodds said. "No, they wouldn't have said no, they would have taken it. And we took it.

"So are we being a bully? No, we feel like we're probably being good guys. Does somebody think we're being a bully? Well that's up to them to think we're a bully. We want to keep the conference together, we want equal sharing, we want our own network for our kids, we'll give half of it to the university. If somebody can poke a hole in that, poke a hole in it."

Well, there are holes that can be poked. Texas may be trying to keep the conference together, but it was also flirting with the idea of joining the Pac-12. As for wanting the equal sharing, that didn't come about until the Pac-12 had turned it down and the school was getting that $15 million a year for the Longhorn Network. It's a lot easier to give up that extra money you were getting from the Big 12 when you have a revenue stream that none of the other schools have.

Still, that being said, I don't see Texas as being a bully. I just see Texas as a school that's doing the exact same thing schools like Missouri and Texas A&M are doing, that Pitt, Syracuse and West Virginia are doing, and that Nebraska and Colorado did before them.

It's looking out for its own self-interest. That's it.

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Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:07 am
 

DeLoss Dodds: 'We're not a bully'

In Oklahoma, we just paddle the horns fannies on a regular basis to remind them that no matter how many people live in their state or view their network or how many top recruiting classes they have, we will always be superior where it counts the most, on the field of play.  This forces their respect whether or not they like us is insignificant, A&M, Nebraska, Missou, and the Buffs may or may not have made the right descission in leaving but if you are the man and you are comfortable in your own skin and not intimidated by the situation, you stand your ground and fight and let the geeks worry about the conference alignment and the schedule.  Just tell me the rules of the game, who were playing and where the game is at, thats all we need to know.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 4:54 pm
 

DeLoss Dodds: 'We're not a bully'

"Tesax, you're not a bully.  Just a whiny, annoying little girl who has to get their way on everything.'

Says the Alabama fan, talk about the pot calling the kettle black.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 4:53 pm
 

DeLoss Dodds: 'We're not a bully'

"Tesax, you're not a bully.  Just a whiny, annoying little girl who has to get their way on everything.'

Says the Alabama fan, talk about the pot calling the kettle black. 



Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 3:37 pm
 

DeLoss Dodds: 'We're not a bully'

I never did see a response on how many colleges would turn down the deal Texas received from ESPN. I sure don't think for the sake of happiness among your member teams. That any college would turn down 300 a million dollar deal with ESPN. Only someone with an IQ of 5 would even think like that. 

Just ask the finically strapped Aggie athletic program about a bad business move. They could have had a piece of the LHN are what ever it would have been called. Five years ago Texas approached the Aggies about starting a network. The Aggies were not interested till it looked like Texas was going to get a deal with ESPN. Now look at the Aggies athletic program it has to borrow money from the college general revenue fund to pay it's bills.

You can bet this is the first what will be other deals coming from ESPN down the road. If a college has a name that is marketable like LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma who knows who will be next. I can assure you Missouri and the Aggies are not in that marketable name class. Will you be giving the Aggies and Missouri are any other conference team a percentage of your tier 3 money? If you don't share will those have-nots go crying  to another conference? 
 
So let's all hang onto our butt and see what is going to happen to college realignment. Are do you think college realignments is over? What is Notre Dame role in all this going to be? What if Notre Dame and the Big 12 should work out a deal? Do any of you think the Aggies and Missouri will be missed? Only time will tell were all this is going but it isn't over yet bet on it

So all of you who think this Aggie and Missouri exit hurts are makes Texas look bad. I don't think Texas are their fans are feeling any pain.  All colleges have tier3 money that is for their college only. Why have we not talked about all those colleges who don't share their money? Do you folks have any idea how much money Oklahoma State receives from T. Boone Pickens that is tier 3 money I bet not? I think it's easier to throw rocks at the rich boys from Texas those big bad bullies. We should be ashamed of our selves stepping all over those pooooooorrrrrr Aggies and Missouri like that. Good by Aggies and Missouri don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out Cool
   
 




Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 1:55 pm
 

DeLoss Dodds: 'We're not a bully'

31-6 at halftime!!!!  Looks like Texas is a big bully today.  HOOK 'EM!



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 3:22 pm
 

DeLoss Dodds: 'We're not a bully'

Well, let's see.  Ohio State and Michigan haven't followed the Longhorn lead.  Nebraska was a staunch opponent of a conference network but rolled over and showed their belly to the Big Ten.  The Pac-12 teams have all signed away their rights, so no Trojan or Duck Networks.  The SEC teams still maintain their third tier rights but none have followed the Longhorns and there is increasing talk about forming an SEC Network.  So no, Texas stands alone.  The other conferences have seen the effects of preferential treatment on the conference and they want no part of it.  Those other conferences have figured out that cooperation is more profitable for all teams in the long run.  The Big XII is going to be a catch-all conference for all the egotistical pseudo-independents who want to horde all of their wealth and as a result, the Big XII will never be stable compared to the power conferences.



Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 2:34 pm
 

DeLoss Dodds: 'We're not a bully'

Love Texas are hate them in the end it's all about the money. Texas has done what a lot of colleges would like to do market there name to get the maximum benefits. So y'all go ahead and tell me and the other Texas posters on here. That if it was offered the other colleges in the SEC wouldn't have jump on the deal Texas has. There are other colleges out there some in the SEC that have tier3 money worth millions would they share a penny of it?. Well you folks in the SEC will get your chance to come up with the money to help you new aggie brothers. I know It's old news that the aggie athletics department is in-deed having cash flow problems. Trying to spend money they don't have in an effort to keep up with there neighbors not only Texas but TCU has hurt.Cool



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2011 1:38 pm
 

DeLoss Dodds: 'We're not a bully'

@LaGarconDeHorne

Nice blog post.  It's by far the best, most intelligent analysis that I've seen yet regarding Texas' influence on the BIG XII.  Your salient point about "Aggy Hypocrisy" makes me LOL.  Every aggy that I know has no response to this assertion and documented fact.  Lame.  They'll find out how much clout A$M and "Dollar Bill" Byrne has at future SEC meetings in Birmingham.  Knuckleheads...

Funny how we haven't heard anything about Mizzou's departure lately.  Maybe they haven't been approved by the majority of SEC members after all.  I know Mizzou wants to be slotted in the SEC West to retain a recruiting pipeline in TX.  Unfortunately, 'Bama has a problem with that.



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 1:05 pm
 

DeLoss Dodds: 'We're not a bully'

Scbbal, SUmba, obviously you have confused Baton Rouge with New Orleans, BR does not begin to compare with Austin by any measure...



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 12:46 pm
 

DeLoss Dodds: 'We're not a bully'

"Everyone is hating on Texas now as the greedy money-grabbing bullies of the Southwest, but, really, isn't that what capitalism is?  Trying to make as much money as you can without breaking the law.  Texas is not to blame for this.  Some people make money under capitalism and some people don't; it depends on your good ideas and how much you work.  Texas didn't break any rules or laws, so the LHN is fair game unless it's voted down by their own Big12 members, which they didn't do."
Texas could have chosen a more cooperative approach that would have made the conference competitive with its rivals and that would have elevated all programs within the conference.  Instead, they created a situation where the Big XII was no longer the best option for other schools within the conference.  As a result, schools with options are jumping ships and the Big XII is responding with Big East stop gaps.  That's capitalism too.



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