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SWC's future looks dim

By Joe Gulick
Avalanche-Journal


The Southwest Conference’s future was dim in the 1992 football season, which was the first one in almost 80 years without Arkansas on SWC schedules.

The Razorbacks had jumped ship for the Southeastern Conference, and rumors were flying that Texas and Texas A&M also would leave. Dirk knew it would be devastating to the SWC to lose them.

A year later, the Longhorns and Aggies, joined by Tech and Baylor, accepted an invitation to join the Big Eight Conference, which became the Big Twelve. The SWC ended forever in May 1996.

This cartoon was printed on Nov. 10, 1992 — three days after one of the greatest upset weekends in SWC history.

TCU had beat No. 20-ranked Texas for the first time in 25 years, by a 23-14 margin in Fort Worth. John Mackovic was in his first season coaching Texas, and Dirk had already nicknamed him as the little dude boy coach.

SMU, a 16 1/2-point underdog, had trampled Houston 41-16 and avenged a 95-21 rout three years earlier that made Mustang fans furious.

Texas Tech was beaten 34-3 by Rice in the Owls’ most decisive SWC win since 1964. The Red Raider’s comment is in the context of that loss.


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