Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt lies on the field after suffering a late hit during action against the Texas Longhorns in the Big 12 Championship at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas on December 3, 2005. Texas won 70-3. (Photo by G. N. Lowrance/Getty Images)

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Fox’s Joel Klatt: Texas destroyed the Big 12

Posted July 26th, 2017


Fox Sports college football analyst Joel Klatt doesn’t exactly have fond memories of Texas.

The former Colorado quarterback’s career ended at the hands of the Longhorns when he suffered the reported 10th concussion of his career in the 2005 Big 12 Championship game. To add insult to injury, Texas won the game 70-3.

According to Klatt, his career isn’t the only thing Texas ended. During an interview with Land of 10’s Erin Sorensen at Big Ten Media Days, he said UT is to blame for Colorado, Nebraska, Texas A&M and Missouri all leaving the conference in the past decade.


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“What people fail to remember about the Big 12 is that the Big 12 saved Texas and the Texas schools,” he said. “Texas brought along Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Baylor, and [the Big 12] saved a fledgling Southwest Conference.

“The balance of power was in the north. Colorado and Nebraska were the preeminent brands at the time the Big 12 formed. Nebraska gave a lot of concessions. They allowed Oklahoma, a traditional rival for them, to be in another division. They didn’t put their foot down. As Texas became so difficult to deal with and demanded more and more and getting more money, I understand why it blew up.

“Texas wanted more than they should have, and based on the inception of the conference, that wasn’t right. Texas knows it. They ruined two conferences, so that’s on them. And now we don’t have Colorado-Nebraska anymore.”

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Longhorns fans don’t miss the annual clash between the Buffaloes and Cornhuskers, but they can certainly relate to the loss of a main rival. Like Colorado-Nebraska, the famed Texas-Texas A&M rivalry hasn’t been played since the Aggies bolted for the SEC.

As for the rest, does Klatt have a point, or is he still seeking some kind of revenge for the hit Drew Kelson laid on him 12 years ago?

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