As reports swirl, UT's Dodds bides time

Reports are swirling that Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are prepared to leave the Big 12 and join the growing Pac-10 by Tuesday. In a statement released a short time ago, Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said Texas' goal all along has been to keep the Big 12 intact. With Colorado and Nebraska now gone, Dodds said Texas continues to study its options. Here's his statement in full:

"Our goals and hopes all along have been to keep the Big 12 Conference intact. The league has been great for its members. We also have been honorable, up front and forthright with regard to our work and

responsiveness to all the possible and now definitive changes to conference landscapes. We are entrusted with the responsibility of administering our university athletics programs. That requires careful examination of any and all options. It is both premature and inappropriate to speculate on what our UT System Regents will discuss at next Tuesday's meeting. But, as the dynamics of the Big 12 continue to change around us, we will utilize additional time to continue our work and evaluate our options."