Texas-OU: Contract Extended Through 2010

The Texas-OU game will remain at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas through 2010, the ADs of the two schools announced Thursday afternoon. The new five-year deal, agreed to in principal with the State Fair of Texas, adds two years to the current contract, which ran through 2008.

"We have enjoyed a long and storied relationship with the State Fair of Texas," DeLoss Dodds said in a joint statement released by the schools. "The experience has been wonderful. The game is a tradition. We have a great working relationship with State Fair officials and I credit President Errol McKoy and Pete Schenkel (Dallas businessman and former chairman of the State Fair of Texas) for making this extension a reality."

OU Athletics Director Joe Castiglione added: "The OU-Texas game represents one of the great traditions of college football, largely because of its location in Dallas, a neutral location for both universities, and the unique atmosphere that exists at the State Fair. It is also unique in that both universities are allowed an equal number of seats for their fans which adds to the excitement of the event. Obviously, we cannot put aside the practical aspects, but we sense commitment from our partners and other constituents in Dallas and are anxious to work toward an agreement that can address our very real concerns, while preserving the greatness of this event."

The City of Dallas has proposed a $50 million dollar renovation to the aging Cotton Bowl stadium but the city is also looking for assurances from both schools that it will keep the game at the State Fair long term before putting the bond issue to voters. While Oklahoma athletics department officials have expressed a desire to keep the game in Dallas, Texas officials have been far more tight-lipped, leading to speculation that the Horns are the driving force for the game to go home-and-home.

Whether the $50 million dollar renovation figure is realistic given the decaying nature of the stadium remains in question, and whether today's announcement is simply a temporary reprieve for the tradition or a step towards a more permanent solution is unknown at this time.

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