1. DeLoss Dodds is largely correct regarding fan support opposing an active series with A&M. At least among the constituency that directly supports the athletics.
2. His strategy in all of this highlights his attachment to the LHN: he intended to leverage the branding of his opponents to draw in money from not just his alumni but the general public AND opponents alumni. It was rapacious and greedy and justifies A&M & Mizzou--not to mention Colorado and Nebraska--leaving the Big 12.
3. After his death I think you'll see the series get a reboot. That's assuming Texas isn't already in the SEC before then of course. This Aggie is quite clear-eyed on that possibility: Texas brand value to the SEC is enormous even with MY SCHOOL (A&M) already in the conference. Subsuming the LHN into the planned SEC Network won't happen while Dodds is alive. But ESPN will be able to discard one bad deal and improve the SEC Network all in one fell swoop. Plus they get the renewed rivalry to broadcast to boot.
I don't see tu in the SEC. PAC maybe. But their shenanigans leading up to the brink of their league disbanding has revealed to the world what we've known for decades. Deloss has hurt their brand over the past 3 - 4 years.
As for playing them; like I told my sip radio host friend on the air just before thanksgiving when he was lamenting the loss of the game and how Aggies felt about not playing them this season....."Who?"
@greg.w.h The steers in the SEC? Ahhh NO....they have care-taker responsibilities and BU/TT and TCU will not be left out...NO steers in the SEC...
@LouRios @greg.w.h I don't the UT fan base could stomach what would essentially be A&M leading the Horns into the SEC. The SEC, too has some pretty long standing traditions. Some years ago, Fla. State would have been a nice addition, but Florida would not stand for it. Same for Clemson and Ga. Tech being asked in over the objections of current SEC members. And really? The Longhorn Network is not going to "part of" anything. It will be dismantled if and when UT moves to join another conference. This is an epic fail and DeLoss has to run out the string yammering about its "potential." Talk about your "tiny slivers."
@greg.w.h Polls are strange on the renewing of the series. In the local College Station paper, The Eagle, most people did not want the series to return. The poll on ESPN SEC blog shows 72% support the game returning. I can't figure it out.
The only UT in the SEC will be the Vols, as it should be. Longhorns are more Berkley style, and Austinite culture will not change anytime soon.