Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades discussed the Longhorns’ move to the SEC on Monday. In doing so, he blasted Texas and said the only reason the university left the Big 12 is because it “felt too little of themselves.”
“Many of my colleagues around the country believe that the University of Texas created this situation because they think so highly of themselves,” Rhoades said, via Max Olson of The Athletic. “My humble opinion: I completely disagree. I think it’s because they felt too little of themselves.”
That’s one way to look at things. Texas hasn’t had much success within the Big 12 on the gridiron. It will look better if the Longhorns struggle against SEC competition compared to what they face in the Big 12.
Baylor AD Mack Rhoades: "Many of my colleagues around the country believe that the University of Texas created this situation because they think so highly of themselves."
"My humble opinion: I completely disagree. I think it's because they felt too little of themselves."
— Max Olson (@max_olson) August 2, 2021
Mack Rhoades may truly believe Texas is an inferior program that wanted to escape the Big 12 for the SEC, but he’s wrong.
Texas left the Big 12 for the SEC for one reason: money. The SEC is king of football and revenue. The Longhorns want a slice of the pie; not to mention the SEC wants a cut of what Texas brings to the table. The move made sense for both sides.
The reality is the rest of the Big 12 has been left in the dust and feels sorry for themselves. Don’t expect this to be the last time a conference member lashes out at Oklahoma or Texas.