Dallas Colleges: Rick Perry

Gov. Rick Perry bets on Sam Houston St.

January, 6, 2012
FRISCO, Texas -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry took some time out of his presidential campaign Friday to show his support for the Sam Houston State Bearkats, who will be making their first appearance in the FCS national championship game Saturday against North Dakota State.

Perry announced on his website that he has wagered a box of South Texas-grown grapefruit with North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple. If Sam Houston State wins, Perry will receive a box of North Dakota-made Dreamfields low-carb pasta.

"Congratulations to North Dakota State on a fine season, but I'm afraid an FCS Championship just isn't in the cards for the Bison," Perry said on his website. "That trophy will be heading to Huntsville, as the Bearkats close out an undefeated season and add their own names to the long list of champions hailing from the Lone Star State."

Governor Dalrymple fired back a rebuttal that was also posted on Perry's website.

"The Bison have had an outstanding season and under the leadership of Coach Craig Bohl, I'm confident the Thundering Herd will bring home the national championship," Dalrymple said. "Gov. Perry tells me that his Texas grapefruit are delicious and I'm sure that a Bison victory over the Bearkats will make them even sweeter."

When asked about defending Perry's bet, all Sam Houston State coach Willie Fritz could do was laugh.

"I'm not going to touch that one," Fritz said.

The battle for the grapefruit and pasta, and the national title, will be aired at noon CT Saturday on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.

Baylor 'feverishly' tries to save Big 12

June, 10, 2010
Baylor and Texas Tech officials have expressed a desire to remain with Texas and Texas A&M in the same conference, even if the Big 12 breaks apart.

"Baylor is working feverishly to keep the Big 12 together," Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw told The Associated Press on Thursday. "It is of special importance to keep the four Big 12 schools from Texas together."

Despite reports that said otherwise, the office of Texas Gov. Rick Perry denied that he asked officials from Baylor, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Texas to meet with him Thursday. Perry, running for re-election, will be in Dallas on Thursday night for the state Republican convention.

Texas Tech athletic director Gerald Myers told the Associated Press that he hadn't heard from the Pac-10.

"I haven't talked to the commissioner out there. We haven't done anything," Myers said.