College football could head south of the border

Texas coach Charlie Strong and his team might soon play a game in Mexico City. (AP photo)

Texas coach Charlie Strong and his team might soon play a game in Mexico City. (AP photo)

Don’t be surprised if a college football game is played south of the border in the near future.

And I’m not talking about that tacky, but yet strangely alluring, pit stop on I-95, where you can climb into the giant sombrero on the border of the Carolinas.

Texas AD Steve Patterson is intrigued about the idea of playing more Longhorns games at neutral sites because he wants to expand the program’s brand.

One of cities being discussed is Mexico City.

ESPN, as it often does, has jumped in the discussion, and is now trying to put together a deal in which teams from the Big-12 and Pac-12 would play a game in there.

“Keep your eye on it,” ESPN president John Skipper told CBSSports.com on Thursday.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, like Patterson, is looking to grow the conference brand, which has led to Washington and Texas scheduling a basketball game in China to be played on Nov. 14, 2015.

“We have been focused on China and Asia,” Scott said. “Next frontier is Latin America.”

Other football games have been played outside the U.S., including when Notre Dame and Navy opened the 2012 season in Dublin. Penn State and UCF will open this season there on Aug. 30.

How do you say “Hook ‘em Horns” in espanol?

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14 comments Add your comment

O'Grady

April 27th, 2014
9:46 pm

If UGA went down there, half of his players would join one of those Mexican drug cartels. The ones who eventually returned would be suspended for half of one game by Señor Richt.

Dengue Fever

April 26th, 2014
11:13 pm

How much is Mark Richt’s bloated salary in pesos?

james

April 26th, 2014
11:20 am

College football has become a Semi Pro League the last
few years. Pay them. Quit pretending their student-athletes
cause most are not and would not get in UGA, GT or anyway other
decent school without playing football.
I for one am sick of schools taking such low character people who
steal, carry weapons, do drugs, etc. See Auburn, Georgia, and
most other SEC Schools…. Enough is enough…

smh daily

April 26th, 2014
11:10 am

49th on education indeed