Friday, May 4, 2012

Red River Rivalry to be Played at Cotton Bowl Through 2020

October 7, 2011 - Source: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images North America
OU and Texas formally agree to keep Red River Rivalry game at Cotton Bowl: The University of Oklahoma has agreed to keep playing the University of Texas at the Cotton Bowl through 2020. “They’ve both indicated we’ve got a deal, I’m just waiting to get them signed up,” says former Schepps Dairy President Pete Schenkel.

“There are still several steps; Texas has to go through their Board of Regents. But verbally DeLoss [Dodds, UT's athletics director] has agreed; same goes with Joe [Castiglione, athletics director] at Oklahoma.” 

As our Rudy Bush has noted in recent weeks, the city is about to spend $25.5 million on rehabbing the Cotton Bowl, yet again, in an effort to keep the Red River Rivalry in Dallas. Rudy recently wrote that “Mayor Mike Rawlings and top officials with the State Fair of Texas have all but promised that, if the city takes on the renovations, the universities of Texas and Oklahoma will continue to meet in Dallas through 2020.” UT and OU’s current deal with the State Fair of Texas expires in 2015, and way back in September, officials with the city and the schools said this needed to be done or else the city risked losing the game. State Fair President Errol McKoy and Schenkel have been leading the effort to get the schools to commit through 2020. OU football spokesman Pete Moris and UT athletics spokesman Nick Voinis say they can’t confirm the status of contract talks. (Dallas Morning News)
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