Texas Tech-Baylor could move 2009 game to Dallas
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Texas Tech athletic director Gerald Myers told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that plans for moving the Red Raiders' game with Oklahoma State to Dallas are dead. But he left open plans to move Tech's game against Baylor in 2009 and beyond to the Dallas area.
"We've been talking to Baylor, and they're interested in moving the game starting in '09,'' Myers told the Avalanche-Journal. "We're talking about maybe playing a couple of games (in the Dallas area) with the option to play more, but nothing's official on that yet.''
Myers said the proposed game could be played at either the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium in Arlington or at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
Moving the game to the Dallas area -- the most fertile recruiting area in the Big 12's footprint -- makes sense. Oklahoma will play two games there next season and Texas A&M and Texas will play one game each. The other two Texas-based Big 12 schools likely figure they need to play a game in the area to keep up.
Baylor had informal talks about playing Notre Dame in Dallas, but that game was killed because it was a Notre Dame home game and could not be televised as part of the Irish's NBC television package.
It will be interesting to see how fast the two schools could move ahead and still stage the game for next season. It would mean both Myers and Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw will be very busy for the next several weeks.