DeLoss Dodds: "I Don't Think We Need to Expand"

AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 15: University of Texas at Austin Men's Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds, right, University President William Powers Jr., center, and Women's Athletics Director Chris Plonskon announce the athletics programs will continue competing in the Big 12 Conference June 15, 2010 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

While the realignment train keeps picking up steam and heads out of the station once again this summer, DeLoss Dodds has reiterated to CBSSports.com that Texas believes that a membership of 10 makes for a cleaner conference.

Dodds likes the idea of a round robin schedule and no conference championship game. He is concerned that when a play off system comes online, it could muck up the works if a 9-3 team pulls an upset over an 11-1 or 12-0 team in the conference game.

"We could expand to some number," Dodds said. "You name the number -- 12, 14, 16. We could expand but the question is 'do we need to expand?' In my mind 10 is perfect because you play everybody in football and there is a double-round-robin in basketball.

"When we get into whatever system we get in for a championship, I think those coaches that play in a conference championship are going to say 'What in the world are we doing?' "

On the other hand, Dodds also admits that the Big 12 would welcome Notre Dame with open arms even if it is not full-time in football.

"Notre Dame has options," Dodds said. "I think they love their position. I certainly think they can continue to do what they're doing and do it well and be a major player. But they have options.

"We've talked to Notre Dame about the Big 12 ... They could put some football here [by playing a few non-conference games against Big 12 opponents]."

It has been widely speculated that one of those games would involve playing Texas on Thanksgiving at least every other year, when it would be a home game for the Longhorns.

Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com went on Tim Brando's show today to expand on the possibilities of yet another summer of college football realignment.


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