The Texas Senate met on Monday to discuss the economic impacts of Oklahoma and Texas leaving for the SEC. At this point, there doesn’t appear to be much the state legislature can or will do, but at least this may give some guidance to the remaining Big 12 programs in Texas, which includes Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech.
During the hearing, Baylor AD Mack Rhoades was among several university leaders and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, who spoke about what’s gone on the last two weeks and how it could affect Texas college athletics moving forward.
And Rhoades made sure to use some of his time to take a shot at Texas as well.
“Many of my colleagues around the country believe that the University of Texas created this situation because they think so highly of themselves,” he said, according to Max Olson of The Athletic. “My humble opinion: I completely disagree. I think it’s because they felt too little of themselves.”
There were plenty of other shots taking place, like when a Texas state senator called out Texas President Jay Hartzell for their bad record vs. TCU. Texas senator Lois Kolkhorst may have had the line of the day for TCU fans and Texas haters, when she had this back and forth.
Kolkhorst: “What’s your athletic budget?”
Hartzell: “Over $200 million.”
Kolkhorst: “Where’s that put you in the US?”
Hartzell: “Probably first”
Kolkhorst: “And that’s without a winning football team of late”
Hartzell: “In spit of our football team. We’ve been winning, just not like we’d like to win.”
Kolkhorst: “3-7 against the Horned Frogs. Maybe your fanbase would rather lose to Alabama than TCU.”
Needless to say, there’s nothing like Texas politicians, college sports and conference realignment.