UT President Talks About Decision to Stay in Big 12

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

Just like it's been over the past week, the eyes of the Big 12 were upon Texas as University of Texas President William Powers addressed the media on the decision to keep the conference intact.

"We have a great tradition in this league, we've had National Champions in many sports in this league. We've had very good television ratings. These are factors to lead us to believe we have a very strong future in the new 10 team Big 12," said Powers.

According to Powers it was Texas who called for action when reports that Nebraska would join the Big 10 surfaced.

"Texas lead the way to the Big 12 meeting. We said we need to keep the Big 12 together and end this instability," said Powers.

Texas Men's Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds compared the conference show down to a battle on the field.

"We live in athletics. We beat each other up on Saturdays and then we hug on Sunday. This is competition, we're good at that and we're good at being friends when the competition is over," said Dodds.

Now that it's all over, it seems the Longhorns are happy the Aggies decided to stick around and not bolt to the SEC.

"We committed to the Big 12 before we knew what Texas A&M was going to do. We are delighted, delighted that Texas A&M and the University of Texas are in the same conference."

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