Longhorns to rescue for Notre Dame

Big Ten tried to smoke out Irish, but Texas' pull preserved independence in South Bend

Updated: June 15, 2010, 5:46 PM ET
By Wes Morgan | ESPNChicago.com

Right about now, the mother of all gift baskets is en route to Austin, Texas, courtesy of the Big East Conference. Kansas State's College of Agriculture is devoting its entire research budget to Bevo's diet. Affluent Notre Dame alumni are trading their Mercedes-Benz hood ornaments for gold-plated longhorns.

Texas announced Monday it was sticking with the Big 12 and the league's other feared defectors, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, followed suit. Order, so it seems, ...

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