OU and Texas have played in the Cotton Bowl every year since 1929. Texas A&M and Arkansas have agreed to play in Arlington each of the next 10 seasons. Baylor will play Texas Tech in Arlington this October and in the Cotton Bowl in 2010. Is anyone missing from this picture? Oklahoma State now is the only Big 12 South school without an annual game in Greater Dallas. Is no Big D a big deal? State athletic director Mike Holder isn’t crazy about the exclusion, especially since he worked hard to establish a neutral-site series with Tech. Dallas is prime recruiting ground for every South school, plus Arkansas, which is a Big 12 South member emeritus, having been in the Southwest Conference from 1915 to 1991 and having played OSU 28 times from 1950 through 1980. Playing in Dallas has been beneficial to the Sooners and Longhorns for almost a century. Now others want to share that stage. "We’re the only team in the South that doesn’t have a game in Dallas,” Holder said. "We’re probably forced to look outside the conference.” Holder said a lot of names have been mentioned but nothing has gone past brainstorming. So let’s toss out a couple of names for public consumption. Louisiana State and Texas Christian. Enticing LSU to Dallas might be difficult; if the Tigers are going to play an off-campus game, New Orleans will be their first choice. But the Tigers recruit in Texas, and the Dallas promoters — Jerry Jones and the Cotton Bowl — are well-organized and well-funded. The Les Miles/Mike Gundy matchup would be rich in plot, but an OSU-LSU series has to rise above personalities. Maybe it would. An OSU-TCU series definitely would. The Cowboys would be at a geographic disadvantage, since the Frogs would be playing either 15 or 30 miles from their Fort Worth home. But OSU has a ton of alums in the Metroplex, maybe approaching the number of TCU alums. OSU-TCU would be a very competitive matchup; the Frogs have grown fangs under coach Gary Patterson. Of course, there is nothing wrong with playing no off-campus games. Every Big 12 South school has sunk a ton of money into stadium renovation, so it seems weird to take games elsewhere. But with every peer going to Dallas for a big autumn weekend, OSU doesn’t want to be left out from playing in a very important territory.
Cheers & Jeers: Okie Managers in MLB Cheers
→To Oklahoma-bred managers. The D-Backs’ hiring of Midwest City’s A.J. Hinch means our state’s high schools have supplied 10 percent of the current major league managers. Norman’s John Russell leads the Pirates, and Okmulgee’s Ron Gardenhire skippers the Twins. →To college basketball’s new foul-shot proposal, in which the opposing coach gets to choose from the four remaining players on the court to shoot foul shots when the fouled player is injured and unable to shoot himself. If you don’t believe the rule is divine providence, check out the name of the chairman of the men’s rules committee: New York-Maritime athletic director Dick Hack. Jeers
→To the Maverick fans who created such a hostile situation for the families of the Denver players. Dallas fans don’t have a bad reputation, so maybe this will be an isolated incident, but take note, Oklahoma City fans. When the Thunder gets good, stay classy. →To the upset Orlando fan who demanded an apology for his son, who was bumped into by Boston’s Big Baby Davis. If you don’t want large men barreling into you at NBA games, stay out of the Nicholson seats.