Texas A&M has opted out of a home-and-home series with Oregon that was set for games in 2018 and 2019, FOX Sports confirmed Thursday.
Aggie athletic director Eric Hyman exercised a clause from the contract A&M and the Ducks agreed to back in 2009 that said they could get out deal if A&M changed conferences. The deal was made when the Aggies were in the Big 12 and they have since moved to the SEC.
A&M was stuck in a bind because it couldn’t play the Oregon games as is with its neutral site Arkansas game. The home-and-home sequence was no longer compatible for the Aggies. That, according to A&M sources, locked the Aggies up through the 2024 season, since their home schedule allotment didn’t line up with the Ducks.
The Ducks wanted to keep the games against A&M and are now left to scramble to find games against another significant opponent — or opponents — in that two-year window. The Aggies had been slated to visit Eugene Sept. 15, 2018 with the Ducks making the return trip to College Station Sept. 14, 2019.