Texas Athletics Mired In Unusual Hard Times

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 22:  Jaxon Shipley #8 of the Texas Longhorns is tackled by the TCU Horned Frogs on November 22, 2012 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

Jaxon Shipley of the Texas Longhorns is tackled by the TCU Horned Frogs on November 22, 2012. TCU won 20-13. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas, the behemoth of the Big 12, is in a serious funk.

The wealthiest athletic program in the country, the one with its own television network and some of the finest facilities around, has been racked by bad results on the field and embarrassed by revelations of coaches having inappropriate relationships with students.

Football recruiting has fallen off a bit. Fans are irritated and impatient for their teams to start competing again for Big 12 and national championships.

Athletic director DeLoss Dodds says he believes success is just around the corner and money is still pouring in.

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