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What do Texas and BYU possibly have in common, you ask.
A clue: He's mean, he's green and most definitely not a bull fighter.
In all the talk of conferences collapsing and/or rebuilding and/or both, BYU and Texas have made mention of a mutual friend: Notre Dame.
According to Chip Brown with Orangebloods.com, the partnership between Notre Dame and Texas was established over a year ago.
In an interview with athletic director DeLoss Dodds, Brown learned that Texas and Notre Dame became close buddies in June 2010 when the Irish were targeted to join the Big Ten.
"Notre Dame was worried about getting decimated to where they were sitting without a conference," Dodds said. "If Notre Dame wants to be an independent and something happens to the Big East, I've told [Jack Swarbick, athletic director of Notre Dame], 'I will fight for you to be a part of this conference in some form or fashion.' I think it would be good for them, and I think it would be good for us."
Dodds has even gone so far as to suggest that Notre Dame and Texas form a new conference together. "But Dodds said nothing should be read into recent football scheduling announcements involving Texas, Notre Dame and BYU."
Also creating a partnership last year, BYU announced a six-game series with Notre Dame last summer on the same day it announced a breakaway from the Mountain West Conference to go independent.
Last week, a BYU source reported to the Salt Lake Tribune that the Cougars were in fact being courted by the Big 12 and were in conversations about the conditions needed to make that deal happen.
Notre Dame representatives were allegedly consulted to give input in the BYU-Big 12 discussions.