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The Morning After: The Disconnect In Bellmont

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At halftime on the Longhorn Network, athletic director Deloss Dodds (I’ll call him King Dodds for this article) said the most important expectation for Texas football is to be competing for Big 12 championships.

COMPETING not winning.

Now I might give King Dodds the benefit of the doubt. It’s live television during halftime of a big game. He might be asked a question he wasn’t prepared for. If that is true, then what King Dodds say must be what he truly believes. That is certainly not what I believe the “Texas Standard” is to Texas fans across the nation. They don’t just want to compete for a Big 12 championship, they want to win it. Competing for a title is a subjective term. The Texas Longhorns were in a position last year to win a share of the Big 12 title before the TCU game. Is last year an acceptable result for the Texas Longhorns according to Bellmont?

I understand Dodds’s willingness to just accept competing for a conference championships considering he has only seen 7 conference champions on the football field in his 32 years as athletic director. Before King Dodds came to Texas, winning conference championships was the “Texas Standard.” In the 20 seasons before the arrival of King Dodds, the Texas Longhorns won 11 conference championships.

The disconnect in Bellmont about what the true standards of Texas football are is disheartening to say the least. For the older fans, they remember the expectations that DKR set. They remember what it was like to be winning conference championships year after year. Now in their golden years, they are force to watch whatever that was on the Longhorn Network Saturday night.

Before Bellmont can get Texas back to the elite of college football, it has to first understand what the “Texas Standard” is. Winning conference championship and competing for national titles. Nothing more and nothing less.

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