Texas approached about playing future game in Atlanta

May, 6, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Could we see Bevo and the Texas Longhorns making an appearance in that made-for-television opener at the Georgia Dome one of these days?

The Longhorns have been contacted about playing in a future game in Atlanta, Atlanta Sports  Council president Gary Stokan told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

While I think the Atlanta people mainly are going through the formalities if they think the Longhorns would move a game there, stranger things have happened.

First, Mack Brown has made a lot of noise in the past few months about the Longhorns' schedule. And if the Longhorns' less-than-imposing trip to the pastry trough this season -- Louisiana-Monroe, at Wyoming, UTEP and Central Florida -- keeps them out of the BCS hunt, you can be sure that future upgrades will be discussed.

Here's another figure that might make a future Atlanta game at least a consideration for Texas -- the $2.085 million that was paid to both Alabama and Clemson in last season's game in Atlanta.

Obviously, the Longhorns could make much more than that by simply adding another home game. But it likely wouldn't have the scheduling benefits of playing a national power on a neutral field on national television.

And here's another item to consider: Mack Brown's first date with his wife, Sally, came on a trip to the venerable Atlanta institution The Varsity restaurant.

Brown is a sentimental guy in regards to football and his family. Maybe a chance to remember the time he first scarfed down a couple of chili dogs and a Frosted Orange with her might help steer him back to Atlanta with his team some day.

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