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FAMILY SPLIT: Will Horns, Aggies go separate ways?

When the college football landscape started shaking late last week — with word that both the Big 10 and Pac 10 were looking to expand their rosters of schools — college football fans in Texas nodded politely and simply said "tell us where we are going and who we are playing — we will all make the trip together."

That may not be the case anymore.

Leave it to the Aggies to drain some oil from the moving vans.

It was initially thought that whatever happened in conference realignment, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech — along with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State — would all ride off to a new Pac 10 conference together. Baylor was/is trying hard to jump on the bandwagon, but the Bear faithful are nervous that there may not be room.

But as the dominoes began falling late this week, the Aggies threw some water on the party — with A&M leaders gazing lovingly at the Southeastern Conference and a possible spot alongside Alabama, Florida and LSU.

You can't blame the Aggies, really. Last year, the athletic department lost $16 million — forcing a loan from the school's general fund to cover the red ink. The Texas athletic department, on the other hand, pulled in some $130 million — making it the highest revenue-producing athletic department in the country. Getting out of UT's shadow may be the first step for A&M to get back to profitability.

But a split between the state's two flagship schools would be huge news. It is very likely that one of the most storied rivalries in college sports history would cease — at least for the foreseeable future. No more Lonestar Showdown. No more Thanksgiving Day gridiron battles. No more family feuds.

It could take a few days for this thing to shake-out, or it could happen this weekend. But one thing is sure: History is being made in college football — and perhaps the State of Texas, too.


MILK PARTY: County celebrates its heritage this week

For the 51st time, Hopkins County will spend the next week celebrating its local dairy industry with the Hopkins County Dairy Festival. It is a week full of music, activities, pageantry and fun.

It is, in short, our heritage in full bloom.


GREEK LESSONS: There is much to learn

Now that the waters have somewhat calmed, let's hope President Obama and every member of Congress takes a good, long look at how the Greece economy not only tanked, but also nearly destroyed the European Union in the process.

If we don't learn from Greece's pain, this country could one day in the near future follow the same path.


EMERGENCY PLANS: You never know when the worst will happen

Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently unveiled his five-year Homeland Security Strategic Plan that sets the protocols and procedures for the state response to events from hurricanes to increased drug cartel violence. Critics immediately said the plan was over-the-top and unneeded.

We feel it is one of the smartest moves made by the Governor.


P.R. MISTAKE: Atheists need lessons

You can call organized atheists many, many things — but don't mistake them for marketing geniuses. When it comes to effective public relations, its all about positive messaging, unless, of course, you are with the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

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