Deloss Dodds: You're Either With Us... Or Alone

"Capitulate!"

Via Team Speed Kills, we learn that Deloss Dodds has begun asserting some leverage in the ongoing discussions related to a college football playoff. Responding to a question about the Big Ten and Pac-12's desire to preserve the special status of the Rose Bowl, Texas' athletics director spoke from a position of strength, as he is wont to do:

If that's what is holding off a move to even a limited playoff -- and Dodds says he thinks it is -- then he advocates a parting of ways in the postseason. Let those two leagues cling to their more than six-decade partnership with the Rose, and allow the rest of the country to settle the national championship as it sees fit.

"The only way it's going to get fixed," Dodds says, "is for the rest of the country to have a playoff of some kind and let them do their (own) deal. And then after five years, their coaches would go berserk because they're not in the mix for a national championship. And they'd have to join it."

This is, of course, the most effective way to force the hand of a holdout where two sides do not hold equal power. "Capitulate, or we'll just go ahead without you." If going it alone is untenable, the opposition effectively has no choice.

This will undoubtedly bring a fresh round of complaints from the out-leveraged about Texas arrogance, but this needed to be said. Moreover, where the sullying of purity and tradition in the quest for evermore dollars is concerned... everyone's hands are dirty. Including the Big Ten and Pac-12.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Burnt Orange Nation

You must be a member of Burnt Orange Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Burnt Orange Nation. You should read them.

Join Burnt Orange Nation

You must be a member of Burnt Orange Nation to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Burnt Orange Nation. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker