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    DeLoss Dodds stepping down next year...

    I wonder where his successor will stand on the longhorn network and conference realignment...

    http://espn.go.com/college-sports/st...ds-retire-2014

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    Quote Originally Posted by JEHokie View Post
    I wonder where his successor will stand on the longhorn network and conference realignment...

    http://espn.go.com/college-sports/st...ds-retire-2014
    Does that mean that Mack Brown is safe this year, on the theory that the new AD should hire the next coach?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Freddyburg Hokie View Post
    Does that mean that Mack Brown is safe this year, on the theory that the new AD should hire the next coach?
    I would think so. Kind of like at VT. Beamer won't leave until Weaver's replacement is in place. Weaver won't leave until Steger's replacement is in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JEHokie View Post
    I wonder where his successor will stand on the longhorn network and conference realignment...

    http://espn.go.com/college-sports/st...ds-retire-2014
    There's been a lot of chat on many boards that ESPN was looking for ways to pull the plug on the Loghorn Network long before Dodds' retirement was announced, so Dodds' successor may not have any say in what happens.

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    Now that is out, you can pretty much ignore everything he said in August. Perfect cover if they about face and go another direction.

    Quote Originally Posted by JEHokie View Post
    I wonder where his successor will stand on the longhorn network and conference realignment...

    http://espn.go.com/college-sports/st...ds-retire-2014

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    Texas got alot to think about strategically

    During Dodds reign, he fostered an attitude its Texas and the little 11 of the Big 12, and polarized the relationship with A&M and their ultimate move to the SEC. They grabbed the longhorn network opportunity and the big bucks and basically us against everyone else. THey have gained short term a lot of resources but strategically, lost alot.

    They have to get a real agressive AD. (watch them go after the louisville AD......) and then real agressive slick coach to counter A&M. especially if USC goes after the A&M coach



    Quote Originally Posted by Stech View Post
    Now that is out, you can pretty much ignore everything he said in August. Perfect cover if they about face and go another direction.

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    only caveat, if they get a real agressive AD, he or she might not want to wait, and be ready to make a smash hire. However, Dodd leaving removes one of the power brokers of college football.(ie. Texas and ND working side deals, posturing)...IT will be interesting if the strategy of Texas is to return as a team player of the big 12, actively seek membership in the big 10, acc or pac 10 AND how they resolve the A&M buzz issue AND potential of the longhorn network disappearing with the revenue streams


    Quote Originally Posted by Freddyburg Hokie View Post
    Does that mean that Mack Brown is safe this year, on the theory that the new AD should hire the next coach?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JEHokie View Post
    I wonder where his successor will stand on the longhorn network and conference realignment...

    http://espn.go.com/college-sports/st...ds-retire-2014
    I believe Dodds when he said his first priority was to keep the Big 12 together at 10. Dodds is a proud Kansas State graduate and didn't want to hurt his alma mater. Now that Dodds is leaving, maybe the new AD won't have any ties to any current Big 12 schools and put Texas on the conference realignment market? I'm sure there will be 3 or 4 bidders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stech View Post
    Now that is out, you can pretty much ignore everything he said in August. Perfect cover if they about face and go another direction.
    Maybe the powers that be at UT and ESPN have an agenda that Dodds couldn't support? As a supporter of Mack Brown and orchestrator of the LHN, maybe he wanted to step down before Mack is forced to resign and ESPN merges the LHN with a new ACC Network?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Line Hokie View Post
    I believe Dodds when he said his first priority was to keep the Big 12 together at 10. Dodds is a proud Kansas State graduate and didn't want to hurt his alma mater. Now that Dodds is leaving, maybe the new AD won't have any ties to any current Big 12 schools and put Texas on the conference realignment market? I'm sure there will be 3 or 4 bidders.
    Tom Jurich (Louisville AD) and Oliver Luck (WVU AD) are the top two candidates according to Orangebloods:

    http://texas.rivals.com/content.asp?SID=902&CID=1555992

    It's interesting that both candidates recently brokered realignment moves (Luck and the Big 12, Jurich and the ACC). Assuming both are interested, I think the choice to succeed Dodds will say alot about where UT sees itself in the future...

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