The (Not So) Old Frontier: Lake Meredith, Alibates Flint Quarries and Washita Battlefield

Frontier.   It’s one of those geographic and historic terms that evokes so much in the imagination. Cowboys and Indians. Canyons and deserts. In a 21st Century sense it could mean the bottom of the ocean or deep space. Star Trek refers to space as “the final frontier” and Alaska’s state motto is “the last … More The (Not So) Old Frontier: Lake Meredith, Alibates Flint Quarries and Washita Battlefield

Rocky Mountain High

There are 59 national parks in the United States. Most are isolated and have their founding roots from the administration of Franklin Roosevelt onward. Presidents often see national parks as a prestige project, with only two presidents since Theodore Roosevelt choosing not to establish a national park during their terms. Some presidents, like Jimmy Carter … More Rocky Mountain High

The Case for (And Against) Twenty: Why Superconferences Might Not End At 16 Teams

In the summer of 2010 the college football world was rocked by sudden news that six members of the Big 12 were on the cusp of defecting to the Pac-10. Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Colorado would go west and create a 16 team “superconference.” The Pac-16 would combine the Texas … More The Case for (And Against) Twenty: Why Superconferences Might Not End At 16 Teams

Independence or Alliance? Texas’ Options in Future Realignment

With the start of the 2015 college football season a mere month away we have reached peak off-season with incessant talk of conference realignment, playoff expansion, pre-season rankings, and coach speak. The focal point of conference realignment conversation has been the Big 12 as per usual with the center of gravity remaining the Great Burnt … More Independence or Alliance? Texas’ Options in Future Realignment