When the college football conference re-alignment scramble occurred, there was speculation that the Texas Longhorns were considering leaving the dismantled Big 12 and going independent.
In the end, they remained in the new-look, 10-team Big 12 and will embark on a nine-game conference schedule in 2011.
The Longhorns will look to make a comeback in the Big 12 after a porous 2010 season. They have historically been a contender for the conference title seemingly every year.
Nonetheless, they may be more suited as an independent program.
Let's take a look at 10 reasons the Longhorns would thrive as an independent.