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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Texas Tech and Baylor announced today they will be moving their 2009 and 2010 games to Dallas-Fort Worth-area stadiums.
Baylor will move its 2009 home game against the Red Raiders to the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium in Arlington on Nov. 28.
Texas Tech will move its home game in the Baylor series to the historic Cotton Bowl on Oct. 9, 2010.
The move makes sense in one standpoint, giving both programs exposure in the biggest recruiting area in the conference. It means that every Big 12 South team, except for Oklahoma State, will be playing a game in the Dallas area this season. And all but Texas and Oklahoma State will be playing at the Cowboys' new stadium.
Tech's switch to the Cotton Bowl isn't really a surprise, either. The Red Raiders' athletic hierarchy holds a tremendous amount of allegiance to former Tech player John Scovell, a power broker who helped ensure the Cotton Bowl's recent expansion. Additionally, Scovell's father, Field Scovell, was known as "Mr. Cotton Bowl" because of years of work with the bowl game over the years.
So it wasn't really a surprise that Texas Tech athletic director Gerald Myers was looking out for an old and familiar friend who needs a game or two at the renovated stadium while it seems that every other one was moving to Jerry World in Arlington.
Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw is excited about moving the 2009 game to Arlington.
"Baylor football is on the rise and we are excited about the opportunity to showcase our program in the Metroplex against a Big 12 rival for the next two years," McCaw said.
And McCaw is also intrigued with the ability to play in both locations over the next two seasons.
"Both Cowboys Stadium and the Cotton Bowl are attractive venues for different reasons," McCaw said. "The Cowboys' stadium has the finest amenities of any football facility in the world and the Cotton Bowl is rich in tradition and an ideal place to play during the State Fair."
It's also interesting that both schools have large alumni bases in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Baylor has more than 41,000 alumni and Texas Tech has more than 50,000 alumni in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Myers said moving the game to the Dallas-Fort Worth area will provide an important presence for his school in the area -- particularly as the rest of the Big 12 South has gravitated to it.
"It's an opportunity to showcase Texas Tech and our football team to fans, alumni and prospective students," Myers said. "The exposure and media coverage of the games will greatly enhance Texas Tech's recruiting efforts in the area."
The tickets for the game in Arlington are going to be a little more reasonably priced than some that have already been announced for this season. Club seating will be $100, tickets in the lower levels of the stadium will be $60 and those in the upper levels will be $40. Additionally, students from both schools can buy tickets for $25.
The Cowboys' stadium also will have Oklahoma-BYU on Sept. 5, Arkansas-Texas A&M on Oct. 3, the Big 12 football championship on Dec. 5 and the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2, 2010, during its first season of operation.