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Texas Christian University and Southern Methodist University will meet on the football field for the 102nd time this weekend in a sweet reminder of college football’s simpler place and time—which, in truth, may not have been as sweet or as simple as we remember. As then–TCU coach F. A. Dry bitterly told me close to fifty years ago: “I’ve been ordered not to meet the competition.”He was referring to an era in which cars and cash were as crucial to Southwest Conference recruiting as handshakes and steak dinners, and he understood that if TCU refused to compete in this arena, it had no chance of building a successful program. He was shown the door in 1982, after compiling a 12–51–3 record over six seasons in Fort Worth.Rivalry…
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