Texas may or may not end up in the Pacific-12 Conference. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott tried to lure the Longhorns last year before his dream for a 16-team super league was squashed — or maybe deferred.
Texas once held a big stack of expansion chips, but was last seen in Norman begging Oklahoma not to go west. (Which is probably not going to work.)
Can Texas hold the fractious Big 12 together? Will the Longhorns go independent?
Texas to the Atlantic Coast Conference is this minute's rumor. Weirdly, though, Texas already seems like Pac family.
Saturday marks coach Mack Brown's fifth Texas trip to the Rose Bowl.
His first Longhorn loss was a 1998 drubbing by UCLA in Pasadena. It came a year after UCLA smoked them in Austin. That 66-3 defeat, under predecessor John Mackovic, led to Brown's hiring from North Carolina.
So here we are, in a new century, with Brown leading another caravan west.
The rematch takes place a year after UCLA ran over the Longhorns in Austin.
Texas was coming off a 4-7 year in 1998. It's coming off a 5-7 year now.
"It has been a full circle," Brown said this week in a telephone interview from Austin.
Much of Texas' modern football story is told in the Pacific time zone. Texas' Jan. 1, 2005, Rose Bowl victory against Michigan ranks as one of its most dramatic and forged the collegiate legacy of Vince Young.
The Longhorns since have won, and lost, a national title in Pasadena.
In 2004, Texas contentiously denied California's first Rose Bowl trip since 1959.
So which school, Texas or Cal, had more Pac-10 sway?
It's almost comical. The Pac-12 also is tied to the Holiday Bowl. Mack Brown has taken Texas to four of those — 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2007.
"So many plays in that game, so many great moments," he said.
Two seasons ago, though, Texas returned to the Rose Bowl to face Alabama for the Bowl Championship Series title.
Texas had Alabama on its heels early until quarterback Colt McCoy was knocked out with an arm injury.
"I thought it set up perfectly for us, just like the SC game," Brown said. "We were told we had no chance to win. We were in a perfect spot. The SEC had become a running league and we were throwing the ball so well. We did not think people could cover us."
Texas couldn't overcome McCoy's loss and hasn't been the same since.