The Norman Transcript


August 16, 2011

Who’s afraid of Texas



What are the Aggies afraid of?

Some just can’t handle success, won’t take yes for an answer and believe — especially when their historical tormentor has its own television network (even if that network has no idea how it’s going to fill up so many hours of programming) — they just have to do something!

It would be so much easier if A&M looked at the Longhorns like everybody else looks at the Longhorns.

Really, who’s afraid of Texas?

A year ago UCLA beat the Longhorns. Then Oklahoma beat the Longhorns. Then, somehow, Nebraska lost to the Longhorns. Then Iowa State — Iowa State! — beat the Longhorns. Then Kansas State — Kansas State! 39-14! — beat the Longhorns. Then Oklahoma State beat the Longhorns. Then A&M beat the Longhorns.

But now everything’s going to change because Texas has a network? Yes, it will make the conference’s most filthy rich program even filthier and richer, and still you can’t buy fantastic success.

You might be able to buy your program a sturdier floor. You might be able to buy your way out of the kind of hilarity that ensued at Oklahoma when John Blake let his good buddy Joe Dickinson run things. But you can’t buy championships (well, unless you actually buy them, but having your own network, sure to inspire vigilance in your rivals, will only make that kind of skullduggery more difficult).

Really, the program A&M, and every other conference school, should fear the most is Oklahoma. It’s the Sooners who’ve won seven Big 12 titles since 2000, who’ve been in four of the last 11 national championship games and who’ve won 11 games in nine of the last 11 seasons.

But it’s not Oklahoma.

It’s Texas

Because the Longhorns don’t play nice, don’t play fair, throw their weight around, fly first class, have drivers and gardeners on retainer and summer in the Hamptons (or Horseshoe Bay).


Quit crying and go beat them.


Like everybody else.

Clay Horning 366-3526

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