- Carter Strickland, Reporter, HornsNation
AUSTIN, Texas -- J.D. Jordan was playing with a stacked deck and he knew it.
So it was with confidence and a maybe a smidge of arrogance that he asked the sporting goods sales rep across his office desk to pick a school, any school.
"Alabama?" she asked.
The Longhorns used to have a fence around Texas, but now nearby programs are rising up, out-of-state powers are chiming in and conferences like the SEC and Pac-12 erode UT's turf.