One of the many reasons you should not count out Baylor being invited along with the rest of Big XII Texas team to join the potentially expanding PAC-10 is the high powered Austin lobbyist and Baylor University Board of Regents Neal “Buddy” Jones. First what a great name for a lobbyist to have. Second Buddy is a very powerful lobbyist in Austin who has friends on both sides of the aisle. Just look at the all star lobbying team he has put together to fight for Baylor’s inclusion in the PAC-10 if the Big XII dissolves.
Buddy’s lobby team is made up of Texas State Representatives and Senators that have ties to Baylor, from living in the Waco Community to obtaining an undergraduate, masters or law degree from Baylor. For a small university enrollment wise compared to the state schools Baylor has a large number of elected officials.
According to the Dallas Morning News the all star Baylor Lobbying team consists of Rep. John Davis, Rep. Bryan Hughes, Rep. Ken Paxton, Rep. Larry Phillips, Rep. Larry Taylor, Rep. Diane Patrick, Rep. Linda Harper-Brown, Pre. Jim Dunnam, Rep. Craig Eiland, Rep. Mark Shelton, Rep. Allen Vaught, Rep. Valinda Bolton, Rep. Carol Kent, home town Rep. Doc Anderson, Rep Kelly Hancock, Senator Kirk Watson and Former SD-22 Senator David Sibley and current candidate for his old seat.
This lobby team consists of powerful Democrats and Republicans. Both party caucus chairs are accounted for, Democratic leader Rep. Jim Dunnam who happens to represent Waco and Republican leader Rep. Larry Taylor. The list has members who have been in office for years and freshman like Rep. Carol Kent. The list represents almost every major metro area of Texas.
The Dallas Morning News released Buddy’s email to the All Star Baylor Lobby Team.
Date: June 4, 2010 10:49:12 AM CDT
To: ADDRESSES REDACTED
Subject: Baylor Alert
To: Baylor grads in the 81st Legislature:
I have a critical issue that directly affects Baylor and it is very time sensitive. The Big XII and PAC 10 are both meeting separately today. According to a recent newspaper report, the PAC 10 may well issue an invite to all the Big XII South schools to join the PAC 10 – WITH THE EXCEPTION OF BAYLOR. In our stead, the PAC 10 is rumored to substitute Colorado. In this scenario, Baylor gets left out and this would be a major, major setback for our University. Perhaps a setback of immense proportion. The mere rumor of Baylor being left behind is harmful.
We cannot let the other schools in Texas (A&M, U.T., Tech) leave the Big XII WITHOUT BAYLOR BEING INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE. Long and short – if U.T., A&M and Tech demand that any move to any other conference include ALL TEXAS BASED TEAMS from the Big XII, we are golden. We need to be in a PACKAGE DEAL!
Here’s what I am asking you to do today.
Please call the following:
1. Bill Jones – Former Chairman, A&M Board of Regents
2. Bill Powers – President, University of Texas at Austin (If unavailable ask for Nancy Brazzil, his E.A.);
3. Morris E. Foster – Chairman A&M Board of Regents of Salado, TX
4. Larry Anders – Chairman, Texas Tech Board of Regents
5. Kent Hance – Chancellor, Texas Tech
6. Dr. Mike McKinney, Chancellor, Texas A&M and
7. Colleen McHugh – Chairman, U.T. Board of Regents.
Here is the message to deliver:
• The four Texas schools in the Big XII conference have decades (if not a century) of history as being a family. The continuation of this almost sacred relationship is important to our State and to higher education in Texas.
• As the Big 10, PAC 10 and Big XII discuss re-alignment, the best possible scenario for these four schools (U.T., A&M, Tech and Baylor) is to stay in the Big XII Conference as it currently exists. That is the absolute BEST THING FOR ALL OF US – KEEP THE BIG XII INTACT.
• However, if some schools in the Big XII North feel compelled to go elsewhere (we hear rumors of Colorado, Missouri and Nebraska looking toward the Big 10), the next best scenario is to KEEP ALL SIX SCHOOLS FROM THE BIG XII SOUTH AS A PACKAGE DEAL. Do not leave Baylor out.
• There was a report today that the PAC 10 might extend an offer to invite five of the South schools to join the PAC 10 (Texas, A&M, Tech, Oklahoma and OSU). The report said Baylor would be replaced with Colorado. This is Armageddon for our University.
This would be devastating to Baylor and to the state of Texas. WE MUST STICK TOGETHER.
• Baylor is superior to Colorado academically. Baylor has athletic facilities superior to Colorado. Colorado doesn’t participate in the number of sports that Baylor does. Baylor’s overall record in all collegiate sports dwarfs that of Colorado. Our football, basketball (women’s and men’s), baseball, softball, track, tennis, golf programs are vastly superior to Colorado’s. The Baptist church base extends across the country and certainly trumps the University of Colorado’s local base limited to a small town in Colorado.
• I am asking you to commit to me to keeping all six schools from the Big XII South together if we can’t keep the whole Big XII intact. BAYLOR MUST BE INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE. Make it clear that when it comes to our four Texas schools, IT IS ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL!!
Please DO NOT BREAK UP the history and working relationship we have nurtured over the decades.
Will you commit to including all Texas schools in any scenario that arises? Will you commit to include Baylor in any package you consider?
Please put these calls in today if at all possible. We need to stop any bleeding that this PAC 10 offer might have caused for Baylor quickly.
Many, many thanks for your assistance. This could be a pivotal moment in Baylor’s history.
From: Buddy Jones
Lets hope that this all star lobby team can be called on in the future on Baylor’s behalf on issues other than football…