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Dirk West: '80s put color to cartoons

By Joe Gulick
Avalanche-Journal



After 16 years of publishing Dirk West's Southwest Conference football cartoons, The Avalanche-Journal experimented with a new wrinkle in 1980 - color.

This cartoon from Oct. 31, 1980, was the first one to contain color highlights. The color continued through the last weeks of the 1980 season, and the cartoons went back to black and white in 1981.

When this cartoon ran, Baylor was 7-0, ranked 10th in the nation and leading the SWC with a 5-0 record. Houston was in second place with a 3-1 conference mark.

Texas was third place with a 2-1 mark after being shocked by SMU 20-6 the previous Saturday in Austin, and SMU was fourth with a 2-2 conference record.

Texas Tech was tied with Arkansas for sixth place with a 1-2 record. The Red Raiders had lost to Baylor, Texas A&M and North Carolina and were 3-3 overall.

Tech's next game was going to be against the Longhorns in Lubbock, which explains the Red Raider's question about the orange truck. When the 'Horns arrived, the Raiders beat them 24-20.

The bandaged Aggie's remark was a classic Dirk West line. A&M had been crushed by Baylor 46-7 on Oct. 18 and topped by Rice 10-6 a week later.

Elsewhere, Arkansas coach Lou Holtz was known for his funny one-liners, and the truck stop name was Dirk's nickname for his grandson.

Baylor would win the SWC championship with an 8-0 conference record. Tech finished 5-6 for the season in Rex Dockery's third and final year as coach.


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