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08:22 AM ET 09.04 | While Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds professed his love for the Big 12, Oklahoma State billionaire booster Boone Pickens says the league won't last much longer. Pickens believes the Cowboys will end up in the Pac-12, with Oklahoma. He largely blames Texas' insistence on creating the Longhorn Network. "The network could have been the straw that broke the camel's back," Pickens said. Dodds "is a friend of mine," Pickens said. "But DeLoss had too many cards and he played every damn one of them. I think that's too bad. You get tired of saying 'aaah' while you get something shoved down your throat."

Austin American-Statesman

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September 4, 2011  08:30 AM ET

"DeLoss had too many cards and he played every damn one of them."


I just hate playing card games when the other guy has better cards than I do. He wins every time!

September 4, 2011  08:36 AM ET

If he thinks starting LHN is all the cards, he either has his head in the sand or is a less intelligent than I thought. Or, is just pissed that UTx can get more $$$ than he's donated in his lifetime with a simple single tv deal. As I said to atm, if you're that unhappy leave. See who wants you without 0u ot UTx.

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September 4, 2011  09:01 AM ET

LUS was 4-0....we'll never hear the end of it. Who was the worst? I was 3-1 thanks to the frickin' golden domers. I know better than to pick them! I'm a dumbazzzzzzzzzz for that.

September 4, 2011  09:02 AM ET
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Get in line you old fart. Everyone else does too.

Your partners aggies sure outplayed aubie. Shame it ended the way it did

September 4, 2011  09:04 AM ET
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I realize that Texas is greedy and evil and whatever, but I'm slightly confused on one point. Dodds didn't say Texas wanted its own network but it wouldn't let any other Big XII schools have one. He said he thought it was a good idea and even suggested that other schools do the same. He actually invited the sheep molesters to joint venture the network with Texas and was rebuffed. I'm having trouble reconciling this fact pattern with evil intent. Can someone smarter than me please educate my ignorant ****?

And, wasn't 3rd tier options first discussed very early on. Like 2000?

September 4, 2011  09:05 AM ET

It will be interesting to see what happens to UT when the Big 12 goes south. I just don't see any of the major conferences taking UT if the LHN doesn't go. PAC 12 already said as much, BIG10 has Big 10 network and same with the SEC. It would be a real shame for the Big 12 to fold over a LHN network that lasted 1 year and cost ESPN 300 million.

September 4, 2011  09:07 AM ET
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If he thinks starting LHN is all the cards, he either has his head in the sand or is a less intelligent than I thought. Or, is just pissed that UTx can get more $$$ than he's donated in his lifetime with a simple single tv deal. As I said to atm, if you're that unhappy leave. See who wants you without 0u ot UTx.

Wasn't the LHN bought for 300 million?

September 4, 2011  09:12 AM ET
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I realize that Texas is greedy and evil and whatever, but I'm slightly confused on one point. Dodds didn't say Texas wanted its own network but it wouldn't let any other Big XII schools have one. He said he thought it was a good idea and even suggested that other schools do the same. He actually invited the sheep molesters to joint venture the network with Texas and was rebuffed. I'm having trouble reconciling this fact pattern with evil intent. Can someone smarter than me please educate my ignorant ****?

Confused...where did Texas wanted its own network but it wouldn't let any other Big XII schools have one come from? Haven't heard that one before and didn't see it in the article.

Also, I think TAMU is saying the TU did invite them when they were first starting the discussions a few years ago when it was just discussions, but once it started to come together, TU turned TAMU down when they asked to join.?????

And the everything bad being blamed on TU is getting a bit old (Bermuda Triangle, Wind Farm failure, etc)...we understand

September 4, 2011  09:13 AM ET

Default, are you dry?

September 4, 2011  09:19 AM ET
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Default, are you dry?

We seem to be between bands. One large one to the east of us and one to the west. Even had sunshine a bit ago....gone now tho.

Have had about 7 inches of rain so far and they are predicting another 10-12 before this blows out Monday pm/Tuesday am.

Little hairy last night with multiple Tornado sightings and the TV going out....finally convinced my wife there wasn't anything we could do but just go to sleep...got about 4 hrs worth last night so my normal 5 naps might take longer today

September 4, 2011  09:22 AM ET

Guido, Doss invited A&M to cosponser a network 5 years ago when it looked like UT would have to foot the bill for the entire network on it's own. UT never asked for a partner after ESPN put up the 300 million over 15 years. When A&M asked if they wanted to keep the Thanksgiving Day game with UT if A&M left the conference, A&M said YES, UT said NO. Look around the BIG 12 over the last few weeks.
Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Missouri, Oklahoma State have all pointed a finger at UT concerning the demise of the conference. I say again, the PAC12, Big 10 and SEC would not let UT join one of those conferences IF UT refuses to do away with the LHN in its present form. All those conferences also have pretty equal revenue sharing, unlike the BIG 12 where all the big money flows to the top. I have nothing against UT, but you said it yourself, UT is greedy. Lets see how it works out, but the BIG12 is toast and there is no way UT is going to get what it wants if it moves to the PAC12, BIG10 or the SEC. They will have to give up something.

September 4, 2011  09:46 AM ET

It sounds like Boone Pickens is saying that UT is too greedy for trying to maximize its own finances at the expense of everyone else. Perhaps Boone believes that college football should be more of a socialist enterprise, with UT being the rich guy voluntarily sharing wealth with the lesser-abled schools like Oklahoma State. Perhaps Boone Pickens' principles are based on where he sits in the hierarchy ... because I don't think he is overly concerned about the less fortunate in society when it comes to his individual financial fortune.

September 4, 2011  09:48 AM ET

"You get tired of saying 'aaah' while you get something shoved down your throat."

Someone tell that to Dan Savage.

September 4, 2011  09:51 AM ET
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1.... I say again, the PAC12, Big 10 and SEC would not let UT join one of those conferences IF UT refuses to do away with the LHN in its present form...

2 .... All those conferences also have pretty equal revenue sharing, unlike the BIG 12 where all the big money flows to the top....

1. Everything is negotiable.

2. Equal revenue sharing works if you have a cable provider dedicated to broadcasting sports for all teams in your conference. Fox is not that kind of partner. Big Ten tried equal revenue sharing under their agreement with ABC and got poor results at the gate. That's one reason they launched BTN.

 
September 4, 2011  09:57 AM ET
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Perhaps Boone believes that college football should be more of a socialist enterprise, with UT being the rich guy voluntarily sharing wealth with the lesser-abled schools like Oklahoma State.

No...but that a contract that ALL schools sign up for (TV Contract) should be split equally among ALL schools. Until recently it was 50% equal and the other 50% split dependent on how often they were on TV. Recently that was changed to 75% equal and the remaining to top TV producers...and, yes, OU was the recipient of the most. Still, this is not equal.

And that is the problem...coupled with TU getting it's own network (which is, again, OK if that is what they want to do to show other TU sports)...but when they started wanting a recruiting advantage by showing their recruits highschool games....and then started adding scheduled games (Rice, K-State, I think)....it got to be perceived that TU was pushing something onto the BigXII(12-1) that not everyone had agreed on...

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